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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 Underling 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.com, 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.
No Christian wikis have achieved anything like the numerical success of editors that wikipedia has. Currently there are only three English-language Christian wikis that have regular daily users. These are Theopedia, OrthodoxWiki and WikiChristian.
From an internet chat forum
- I think Christian wikis need to join forces
Barely Active Wikis
Christian Wikis in Non-English Languages
- Kathpedia (German)
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