Theopedia is a growing online evangelical encyclopedia of biblical Christianity, a network of interconnected pages, constantly being refined and updated.
What is our vision?
- To centralize the efforts of thousands of Christians into a comprehensive encyclopedia on biblical Christianity for the benefit of God's people around the world.
- To keep the articles at Theopedia free forever, and to give others broad freedoms to redistribute, publish, and adapt the content.
- To promote sound theology.
- To lessen the gap of theological knowledge between the seminary trained church leader and the layman.
- To build a Christian community for the promotion of good theological content.
- To promote the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all things.
Where do we stand?
Primary statement of faith
Editors/Users are required to personally affirm the entirety of the primary statement of faith. Any exceptions or deviations must be approved by the board members. We, the board, reserve the right to make changes to the statement to guard the truth. This statement contains basic things that we would expect any Christian to believe.
Secondary doctrinal statement
An editor is not required to agree with everything in the secondary doctrinal statement, but all of Theopedia's content is, in accordance with the writing guide, required to conform to it. This secondary statement affirms the Together for the Gospel Statement, the The Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and the Calvinistic doctrines of grace.
: ''See main page: Statement of faith (forthcoming due to server transfer)
Our content is freely redistributable
Our commitment is to keep the articles at Theopedia free forever, and to give others broad freedoms to redistribute, publish, and adapt the content. The 'textual' content of Theopedia, unless otherwise noted, is under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. This means it may be copied, distributed, transmitted, and adapted, provided that attribution is given to Theopedia.com and the license terms are made clear.
When using content from an article, take note of any images that are not under our Creative Commons license. Images are often used in accordance with fair use.
'"Two-thirds of American Internet users surf the web for spiritual purposes."' (Rob Moll, Christianity Today)
"God created computers for missions. He just happens to let the rest of the world use them." (Anonymous)
''Since computer technology is here to stay, retreat from it seems neither required nor appropriate... 'There comes a time when the church of Jesus Christ has to be bold enough to lay claim to a new medium.' Claiming a new medium, though, goes beyond just mere use of the medium. It involves understanding how the medium works." (Michael J. Vlach, How People of Faith Are Using Computers and the Internet)
What about Wikipedia?
Wikipedia strives to maintain a Neutral-point-of-view (NPOV) policy for its material to prevent biased presentation. Theopedia, however, openly maintains a bias, or a Particular-point-of-view, that being "conservative evangelical Protestant Christianity." Contrary to Wikipedia, this bias is to be expected in Theopedia content. Apart from any content issues, there are incompatibilities between Theopedia's Creative Commons License and Wikipedia's GNU Free Documentation License which preclude verbatim copying of articles from Wikipedia. One may still provide links to Wikipedia articles where appropriate.
The writing guide
- Content consistent with the statement of faith and content generally accepted within traditional, evangelical Protestantism may be written assertively and is the stated point-of-view of Theopedia.
- Content that runs contrary to the statement of faith and traditional, evangelical Protestantism may be respectfully and reasonably criticized.
- Other content, particularly that which is not addressed in the statement of faith, but which finds a respected place within traditional, evangelical Protestantism (even though not completely agreed upon), should be written descriptively and without unnecessary bias.
How are we structured?
The responsibility of board members of the Christian Web Foundation is to shape and develop the core documents of Theopedia (the primary and secondary statement of faith, the writing guide, etc.), to make sure the administrators are enforcing these documents, to resolve conflicts between administrators and editors, and to appoint new administrators (which may be nominated by other administrators).
Administrators oversee the activity and content of Theopedia. The responsibility of administrators is, with discretion and discernment, to make sure content changes conform to Theopedia's core documents and to ensure order among the community of editors.
Editors are users who edit, add content, modify, and create new articles.
- The Christian Web Foundation
- How People of Faith Are Using the Internet, by Michael J. Vlach
- What is the 1% rule?, by Charles Arthur
- 1% rule (Internet culture) (Wikipedia)
- New Research: Nearly Half of Online Users Use Internet for Religion