CORRECTION OF MAJOR ERRORS IN ESSAYS ON THIS WEB SITE
In an essay on the Goth culture,
we included a link to the Go Goth! web site which bills itself as "promoting
Gothing lifestyles since the late 20th century." Apparently, this site
is only masquerading as a Goth site.
It is not written by Goths. We deleted the link.
We described the contents of the Sikh holiest
religious text, the Shri Guru Granth, incorrectly. It was not composed by
the tenth guru and does not include all of the writings of the first ten
gurus. It was initially compiled by the fifth guru, Shri Arjan Dev Ji.
Subsequently, it was updated to include the writings of the sixth to ninth
gurus. The tenth guru, Gobind Singh Ji assembled his writings separately
into a number of books, including "Dasam Granth."
Our description of various competing end-time
beliefs misrepresented the Roman Catholic position. Although they
largely agree with the Protestant Amillennial position, they rarely use
that term in practice. Also, they do not accept the concept of the
Rapture which has traditionally been part of
the Protestant Premillennial position.
Our essay on religious liberals' views on
the virgin birth of Jesus originally said that Krishna -- the second
person in the Hindu Trinity and an incarnation of the God Vishnu -- was
conceived and born while his mother was still a virgin. This is only one
part of the story. There exists a second legend in existence which
states that Krishna was conceived as a result of normal sexual
intercourse between his mother and father.
Our essay on laws recently passed in California concerning sexual
minorities contained a description of a law to
prohibit discrimination against transgender persons. As originally
written, the word "transgender" was accidentally replaced by
"transvestite." This has been corrected. A transgender person is a
genetic male who perceives himself to be a female, or vice-versa. A
transvestite is typically a heterosexual male who enjoys using clothing
and makeup to appear to be a woman. These two terms are often confused
in the media and by the public. We are saddened that we contributed to
Our essay on Messianic Judaism copied
some spelling errors from an external information source. Paul should be
referred to as Sha'ul; John as Yochanan; the Hebrew Scriptures as the
Tenakh or Tanakh.
In our essay on Agnosticism, we described
Charles Darwin as a biologist. Actually, his only academic training was
at Christ's College in Cambridge, England. He was a self-taught geologist.
Our timeline of Jewish persecution from
70 CE to 1200 CE contained an error. Judaism lost its official status in
the Roman Empire in 132 CE, not 113 CE.
Our main menu on stem cell research
contained an error. We had copied information from the media that stated
that Nancy Reagan and her family was mounting a campaign to encourage
President Bush to relax his restrictions on stem-cell research. It turns
out that the media did not report that Michael Reagan believes that the
president made the correct decision.
Our essay on religious intolerance in Canada
contained an error. We said that parents in Newfoundland who were not
Christians were forced to send their children to one of the public
school systems, all of which were run by Christian denominations. It
seems that there was one option available to some non-Christians: they
could send their children to a secular private school in St John's.
Our essay on end-of-the-world predictions in
our future contained an error. It stated that Michael Drosnin's new
book Bible Code II predicted that the end will come in 2004. In fact, he
predicts it will happen in 2006.
Our essay on the eight marriage/family styles in the Bible said that
female slaves in Israel were enslaved forever, whereas male slaves
remained pieces of property for a limited time. Actually, the permanent
enslavement only referred to women who had been sold into slavery by
their fathers. Women who were enslaved by a different method were
eventually released as were male slaves.
Our essay on the "Scandal of the Century"
-- a Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax in Western Canada
-- incorrectly located the event in Red Deer. Actually, that was where
some of the accused were arrested. The abuse -- which turned out to be
non-existent -- was believed to have happened in Saskatoon,
In our essay on "religion-inspired conflicts
and genocides" we intended to write "Kosovo" -- but
accidentally listed "Indonesia" -- as an example of mass murder
of Muslims by Christians. East Timor in Indonesia was the location of
massive killing of Christians by Muslims.
In our essay on the Community of Christ, we
said that, in the 1970s, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints asserted that they were the original Mormon church, and
unsuccessfully sued the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints. The data should have been 1870s.
In our essay on the Disney Company boycott by conservative Christians,
we stated that Disney's first theme part was Disney World. Actually, it
We define the concept of apostolic succession in many places of our
web site. It is the belief that present-day Roman Catholic bishops can
trace their consecration back through previous generations of bishops all
the way to Jesus' original apostles in an unbroken line. Our essay which compares the
beliefs of Roman Catholics and
conservative Protestants, was in error; it stated that all of the
bishops can trace their consecration back to St. Peter.