ERRATA SECTION -- YEAR 2002:
CORRECTION OF MAJOR ERRORS IN ESSAYS ON THIS WEB SITE
In our essay about the United Pentecostal Church International, we had
written that the church requires women to wear head covering in church. This is
in error. The consider a woman's long hair to be sufficient covering.
Our essay about "The status of women in the
gospels" contained an error. We had said that in Mark 10, Jesus is
recorded as having treateded women and men equally in terms of their right
to divorce their spouse. But we also said that the passage allowed divorce.
It actually prohibits divorce in all cases. It is only in Matthew 5:32 and
Matthew 19:9 that Jesus is recorded as permitting divorce in cases of
We mentioned in two of our essays:
hom_ang.htm and hom_ucc.htm
that the United Church of Canada is the largest Canadian Protestant
denomination. That would make the Anglican Church of Canada second in
size. This is true, if one follows the 1991 government census which measures
the public's affiliation. But if you measure only confirmed members, the
Anglican Church is slightly larger than the United Church.
Our essay on the Jehovah's Witnesses contained
an error. It stated that inactive members received shepherding calls to
encourage them in their ministry. In fact, all members, inactive and active,
receive these calls.
Our comparison of Christianity and Islam
contained an error. We had written that Muslims believe that Jesus was not
by the Roman army, but had lived a long life on earth and then died.
Actually, they believe that Jesus escaped crucifixion and later ascended into Paradise
while he was alive.
In our comparison between the lives of Jesus,
the second person in the Christian Trinity, and Krishna, the second person,
in the Hindu Trinity we included some of the 346 "striking
analogies between Christ and Chrishna which author Kersey Graves
included in his 1875 book. We said that both Jesus and Krishna were
unmarried. One of our readers pointed out that Krishna is believed to have
had 16,108 wives. Some error!
Also in our comparison between the lives of Jesus
and Krishna, the second persons in the Christian and Hindu Trinities, a
number of other errors were detected by two of our readers. We trusted the
information in a book by author Kersey Graves. We shouldn't have.
In our essay on homosexuality and the Christian
Reformed Church, we attributed a conference to the Calvin Christian
Reformed Church at Oak Lawn, IL. IN reality, it was held in the Hope
Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, IL.
Our essay on the Doctrines and Covenants document of the
Community of Christ was in error. We said that it
consisted of a group of 138 revelations that they believe were given to
Joseph Smith by God, supplemented by a number of additional revelations,
which have been revealed to the prophet/president of the CofC church since
Smith's death." The actual number is over 150.
There is massive confusion over the trademark status of the Sigil of
Baphomet. This is a symbol used by and trademarked by the Church of Satan,
founded by Anton LaVey. The confusion arises because many similar symbols
involving the head of a goat inside an inverted pentagram have been created
and used by different individuals and groups. In our essay on the
Church of Satan, we had picked up misinformation
from the Internet which implied that the Sigil was in the public domain.
Our essay on the MVMO (Multi-Victim, Multi-Offender) sexual abuse case in
Newcastle, UK, incorrectly stated that
accusations of ritual abuse were involved. Unlike dozens of similar
cases in nursery schools, preschools, and church schools, the alleged
perpetrators in Newcastle were never accused of ritual abuse. Allegations
were that the two nurses were sexually abusing children so that they would
later be compliant victims for a local pedophile sex-ring. No sexual abuse
-- ritual or not -- happened in Newcastle.
In our essay which describes books about the Harry Potter™ phenomenon, we
accidentally listed Connie Neal's book "What's a Christian to Do with
Harry Potter?," ss giving a negative portrayal of the books. In reality,
she supports those conservative Christians who condemn the book, while she
also defends those who find the book acceptable. Her book was
published by Waterbrook Press in 2001.
Read reviews or order this book.
The essay which discusses the number of Wiccans
in the U.S. compares their number with the other large religions. We had
indicated that there are 1.1 million Muslims in the U.S.. This number is
based on the ARIS study, but refers only to the
number of Muslim adults. ARIS estimates the total number of Muslim adults
and children as 1.8 million. Other estimates run as high as 12 million.
One of our essays that contains proofs that the
earth is less than 10,000 years old contained an error. We slipped a
decimal point in our rebuttal, when computing the distance between the earth
and the moon. The rebuttal is still valid, however.
We have an essay that describes 14 proofs used
by creation scientists to show that evolution could not possibly have
happened. Each proof is accompanied by a rebuttal from science. In
#14, we wrote that "It is only the overall entropy of a closed system
which decreases." Entropy is a measure of disorder; it actually
increases with time.
This one is a real mystery to us. The name "Unitarian Universalist
Congregation of Churches" appeared in our essay which describes the
Unitarian Universalist Association. The correct full
name of the organization is Unitarian Universalist Association of
which is almost always abbreviated to Unitarian Universalist Association
or UUA. This goof if particularly embarrassing because two of our
staff members regard themselves as semi-lapsed Unitarian Universalists.
Copyright © 2000 to 2004 incl., by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
From a list originally written: 2000-JUN-12
Latest update: 2004-MAY-24
Author: B.A. Robinson