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A wiki website is a site that allows users to add content, as on an internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. There are a number of wiki websites related to Christianity.
Reasons Underlying the Development of Christian Wikis
The first wiki was set up by Ward Cunningham in 1995. Wikipedia, the most well known wiki website, was started in 2001, and currently contains millions of articles. It contains thousands of articles related to religion. One of the criticisms that adherents to various religious groups have however is that in attempting to maintain a neutral point of view, some of the teachings of their religion can be "watered-down" or altered. These critics also state that the neutral point of view is in the eye of the beholder. In response to some of these criticism, explicitly Christian wiki websites have been set up. Some of these Christian wikis, like OrthodoxWiki and Theopedia, are devoted to a particular Christian denomination or theological slant whereas others, like WikiChristian, are open to a wider diversity of views.
History of Christian Wikis
The first Christian wiki was Clublet, begun by Richard Drake in 2000.
Another early Christian wiki was Compass, which was set up by Richard Hall in early 2001. This is no longer online.
In late 2004 WikiChristian was set up as a non-denominational wiki for Christianity.
Other wikis developed in early 2005 including Orthodox Wiki (for Eastern Orthodoxy) and Theopedia (for Reformed Protestantism).
In 2006 and 2007 there was a brief explosion of Christian wikis, particularly "Bible" wikis dedicated to Biblical Christianity, such as Wikible. Most of these wikis have since disappeared because of lack of interest by web-users.
On August 23, 2009, Robert Pierce (Master Frederique) founded LifeMusic Wiki, a database on Christian music. It is now the largest Christian music wiki and the second largest Christian wiki.
No Christian wikis have achieved anything like the numerical success of editors that wikipedia has. Currently there are only four English-language Christian wikis that have regular daily users. These are Theopedia, OrthodoxWiki, LifeMusic Wiki, and WikiChristian, WikiChristian being the largest.
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- A Storehouse of Knowledge "the encyclopedia with a biblical worldview."
- Christianity Knowledge Base
- The Global Anabaptist Wiki An interactive community of Anabaptist-Mennonite groups from around the world.
- LifeMusic Wiki
- OrthodoxWiki An encyclopedia and information center for Orthodox Christianity.
- SAWiki.net SAWiki is an online encyclopedia covering all aspects of the Salvation Army.
- Textus Receptus A wiki promoting the Textus Receptus and versions translated from it.
- Theopedia An online encyclopedia of Christianity and Biblical Theology
- WikiChristian (This website) An encyclopedia and discussion forum for all Christians to share their faith.
Barely Active Wikis
- Theologia Theology from an ecumenical point of view
Specific Interest Wikis
- Christian Music Wiki
- Christian Rock wiki
- CreationWiki (Creation Science Wiki Site)
- MormonWiki.org (Christian Wiki Reviewing Mormonism)
- Oremus Hymnal Anglican hymnal
Christian Wikis in Non-English Languages
- Kathpedia (German)
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