ERRATA SECTION -- YEAR 2003:
CORRECTION OF MAJOR ERRORS IN ESSAYS ON THIS WEB SITE
In an essay on free religious speech in U.S. public schools, we discussed
an incident in Willis TX, and stated that Willis is near Dallas, TX.
Actually, it is about 50 miles North of Houston.
We made a mathematical error In an essay on
reparative therapy. This form of counseling allegedly changes the sexual
orientation of homosexuals so that they become heterosexuals. We calculated
the successful conversion rate during one study as 0.4%. It is actually
In our essay on the mention of salvation in the
ancient creeds and in the Bible, we had said that Luke 19:8-9 was the
only place in the synoptic gospels that the word "salvation" appears.
We had intended to say that it is the only location in the synoptic gospels
where Jesus uses the word "salvation."
Our essay on female ordination said that
Antoinette Brown was ordained by the Congregationalist Church in
1852. Actually, it was on 1853-SEP-15.
In our essay which describes Christians' beliefs
about Jesus' resurrection, we quoted a statement allegedly made by David
Jenkins, the former Anglican Bishop of Durham. He was widely misquoted as
having said that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a "conjuring trick
with bones." He actually said that the Resurrection was "much more
than a conjuring trick with bones".
In our essay about "Choose Life" license
plates, we mentioned that the proceeds went to "pro-choice" groups. Actually
they generally go only to "pro-life" groups who refer women to adoption
agencies and who refuse to give referrals to abortion clinics.
In our essay about when human life (in the form of
a spermatozoa and ovum) becomes a human person, we wrote: "Everyone
agrees that a newborn child is a human person." One would think that, by
now, we would realize that any sentence that begins "Everyone agrees
that..." is certainly to be in error. In this case, Peter Singer, a
professor at Princeton University, believes that personhood is only achieved
a few weeks after birth. He seems to be alone in this belief. However, even
if he is the only person in the world believes this, then our
statement is false. We have modified it to read "Almost everyone...."
|In our essays about theological criticisms that others have raised
about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, (Mormons), we identified the author of "Doctrines of
Salvation" as Joseph Smith, the founder of the church. Actually it
was Joseph Fielding Smith, the sixth president of the church.|
|In our essay on Easter, we attributed the
origin of the English word: "Sunday" to "Sol," the Roman
God of the Sun. The Latin phrase "Dies Solis" means "day of
the Sun." Some believe that it is derived from the name of the
Scandinavian sun Goddess Sunna (a.k.a. Sunne, Frau Sonne).|
|In our essay on the differences between the
Gospel of John and the remaining three gospels that made it into the
Christian Scriptures, we correctly said that only one fragment of one of
these four gospels survived from the early first century CE. However, we
made an errror when we wrote that the remaining surviving copies are
dated to the third century CE. Actually there many fragments have been
found of gospels from the second half of the second century. |
|In our essay on homosexuality and the
Conservative Jewish movement, we stated in error that women were not
allowed to be ordained as rabbis. Actually, the
first woman was ordained in that movement in 1985. It is the
Orthodox Jewish movement which still refuses to consider any woman as a
|Our essay on the Jehovah's Witnesses and
vaccination cited the name of the predecessor magazine to Awake!
as Consolidation. Actually, it was Consolation.|
|One of our essays on Christian urban legends
stated that the Bible implies that the earth was created in 4004
BCE. Actually, that is only one estimate of the
earth's age derived from the Bible. Other
estimates range back as far as 10000 BCE.|
We transferred an error about the Christadelphians
from our reference texts into our essay. Those sources stated that the
Christadelphians were monotheists who believed in the unity of God, much as
do Jews and Muslims. They actually believe in
Manifestation. Their founder, John Thomas, wrote that "...the
Father is God and Jesus is God; and we may add, so are all the brethren of
Jesus gods; and a multitude which no man can number'."
Our essay about the history of abortion in the
Christian church describes the various flip-flops within Christianity in
Western Europe. It neglected to mention the Orthodox Churches, which have
continuously maintained their opposition to abortion at any stage in
Our essay on polygyny within the Church of
Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) defined the
Law of Sarah incorrectly. It explained the end result of the Law --
that wives had to meekly accept their husband's new wife. But it did not
explain the Law itself: that the first wife had to give her husband
permission to marry. She had the choice -- in theory but not in practice --
to deny her husband that right.
Copyright � 2000 to 2003 incl., by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
From a list originally written: 2000-JUN-12
Latest update: 2003-DEC-26
Author: B.A. Robinson