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Wikipedia Is Not All that Reliable...

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by TCGreek, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. TCGreek

    TCGreek New Member

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    1. Tonight I googled Dr. David Jeremiah and then decided to go with the Wikipedia result:

    "Dr. David P. Jeremiah (born February 13, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American conservative evangelist and is currently the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church. Shadow Mountain Community Church is in El Cajon, California, which is in East San Diego county. Jeremiah succeeded former pastor Tim LaHaye in 1981.

    Jeremiah graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a doctorate in ministry (D.Min). Jeremiah's leadership of the church has led to an affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Jeremiah broadcasts a daily evangelical radio program on stations worldwide through his Turning Point Ministries. The broadcast can also be heard online. He is also an author of numerous books on Christian theology topics such as the rapture."

    2. Dr. Jeremiah's doctorate is an honorary doctorate from Cedarville College, where he did his BA and not earn from DTS. Rather, David Jeremiah did a ThM at DTS.

    3. At one point, I thought Wikipedia was quite reliable. :BangHead:
     
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  2. Gold Dragon

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    If you see a mistake on Wikipedia, you are encouraged to click on the edit button of the page and correct it. That is how it works. Make sure you are correct first though.

    The error was probably entered by a fan of Dr. Jeremiah who didn't know any better because they heard or read the information incorrectly.
     
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  3. TCGreek

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    But why would someone not research properly before he or she put something on Wiki?
     
  4. Gold Dragon

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    People make mistakes. Just like the editors of Encyclopedia Britannica.

    There is no such thing as an encyclopedia or reference book that doesn't have errors in it.
     
  5. TCGreek

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    I got you. Point taken. :thumbs:
     
  6. belvedere

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    From my experience, Wikipedia is generally more reliable in it's articles about objects, locations, etc., than it's articles about people. These articles tend to be quite subjective and inaccurate at times.
     
  7. Bible Believing Bill

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    Some people firmly believe that everything they have heard is right, and don't really understand that they need to research a topic and then cite their referances.

    The biggest problem with Wikipedia is the lake of citations. Without those citations you can't really use Wiki as a referance tool if you are going to write a paper for school, or publish anything.

    Bill
     
  8. mcdirector

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    Part of the problem with editing a wiki too is that anyone can come back and edit you again.

    Something I have to caution my kids about - since it's in flux - it might be correct at some point and then wrong again. Very iffy stuff.
     
  9. mcdirector

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    Also, I've heard - not witnessed - but heard that some wiki authors are very territorial and if you change their work, they will come back in and RE-edit it BACK to the original.
     
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  11. Rippon

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    BBB , tell me more about "the lake of citations" . It sounds scary !
     
  12. reformedbeliever

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    It has the best striped bass fishing I have ever experienced however. :laugh:
     
  13. mcdirector

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    Living proof that we can't even dress this OK boy up to take him out ;)
     
  14. rsr

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    Why would someone not research properly before he or she put something on Baptist Board?
     
  15. mcdirector

    mcdirector Active Member

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    fodder for another thread . . .

    ;)
     
  16. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member

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    Or : Father of another thread ?
     
  17. mcdirector

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    Depends on who starts it, doesn't it ;)
     
  18. TCGreek

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    I'm slow on this one: Give me another hint!
     
  19. mcdirector

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    Perhaps one of the dozen or so that pop up each week that are quickly debunked by Snopes might fall in that category . . .
     
  20. preachinjesus

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    lol...exactly what I was oigng to say. Ha, it is a lot like what happens around here! :D

    I think people get the gravity of the collaboration they are embarking on.
     
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