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Correction of errors on this web site

Errors found during 2006

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bullet In our essay "Definition of the term 'Evangelical' " we incorrectly identified the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod to be a mainline or liberal Christian denomination. They are in fact a conservative group.

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bullet In three of our essays, we had used the term "ephebophile" and "hebephile" interchangeably to refer to an adult who is sexually attracted to youths aged 14 to 17. This is a common usage on the Internet, in reference books, etc. However  "ephebophile" is sometimes used to refer to an adult who is sexually attracted to children who are about at the age of puberty. Because of this confusion in the meaning of terms, we have changed all references to "ephebophilia" to "hebephilia on our site."

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bullet In our essay which lists "The date of origin and founder of various Christian faith groups" we listed Boston, MA as the location of the founding of the Christian Science movement. Actually it was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in Pleasant View, near Bow, NH. The current headquarters is in Boston, MA.
bullet In our essay on the Book of Daniel, we incorrectly translated 2,300 days into a little over 2 years.

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bullet Our essay on "World Religions" listed "Buddhist priest" as the title of a local leader of a temple. A visitor to our web site said that "Buddhist monk" is the correct term. We googled both phrases and found that there were about 60,000 references to "Buddhist monk" and only 10,000 references to "Buddhist priest."

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bullet Our essay on the ordination of women in various faith groups originally stated that the Association of Vineyard Churches followed the practice of many other conservative Protestant denominations in restricting leadership roles only to males. In fact, the Association allows individual congregations to determine their own policy on gender discrimination.

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bullet Our essay on the Bible Code originally contained an incorrect description of the algorithm used to detect codes. I used the computer science definition of "skip" instead of the traditional definition.

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bullet Our essay on the Seventh-day Adventist denomination said that the group reverted to Saturday Sabbath observances during the 17th century. It should have been the 19th century.

bullet Our essay on apostasy within Islam quoted a usually reliable Muslim web site. They wrote that a Muslim becomes an apostate if he or she enters a Christian church. This appears to be incorrect.

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bullet Our essay on Satanic ritual abuse and other urban folk tales suggested that the attacks on heretics during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance targeted followers of ancient Pagan religions who were the spiritual ancestors of Wiccans and other Neopagans today. Actually, few of the tens of thousands of people, mostly women, executed during that time were Pagans.

bullet Our essay on supportive statements about masturbation by Protestant groups had linked the Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta GA with the United Methodists. Actually, the congregation's only link to the United Methodist Church was that they rented space from a Methodist church for a few years. The Gentle Spirit Church is an independent group.

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Latest update: 2007-MAY-26
Author: B.A. Robinson

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