Talk:Literalist Bible chronology

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I have copied and pasted here on Conservapedia the article that I originally wrote for Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_literalist_chronology. It is the only article I wrote that Wikipedia did not subsequently delete and ban as "crap", "bloat", "nonsense", "vandalism" and "original research". I am pleased to have opportunity, and license as the author, to present it here and perhaps improve it to make it better than it is now. Anyone who wants to participate should feel completely free to do so. Informed "Peer Reviews" by Conservapedia scholars would be in order as well, and most welcome too!

The most tedious necessary task will be to convert the dead bibleverse-links to biblehub.com and biblegateway.com links.

The next most tedious task will be to deal with those links that connected to specific Wikipedia articles for explanatory reference. In some cases the referent links are entirely unnecessary, as most of the terms so linked did not really need that treatment for the benefit of the average informed reader of normal intelligence and common sense, but Wikipedia demanded detailed justification for almost every sentence. The same observation applies to many of the notes that were provided, and they too can be deleted without loss of relevant information for the reader.

The whole article can potentially be streamlined and pruned of excess. If this article can be improved, I heartily endorse the effort. I will work on it myself too, bit by bit, and little by little, to make it better if possible. Some key parts that were removed I shall retrieve from earlier versions of the article and restore.

It was my original desire in writing this article to show that a mechanically literalist interpretation can obscure the divine message and do violence to the Bible by "taking away from" and "adding to" the meaning of the text (Revelation 22:18-19). In stark contrast to that, a conservative historical-grammatical approach can illuminate and honor it. (See section Historical-grammatical method in Literalist Bible chronology, this article.) I am also appalled by what abuse of legitimate historical-critical methodology in liberals' hands has done to mock the Bible and Christian belief in a concerted attempt to sow confusion and manufacture contradictions to try to make believers doubt the Revealed Word of God and shake their confidence. There is a proper use of historical-critical methodology which supports the Sacred Scriptures, which consistently substantiates their veracity and accuracy, and demonstrates the intelligence of our Faith in Jesus Christ, in the Bible, and in his Church indwelt by the Holy Spirit of Truth (Matthew 16:18-19; John 14:24-26; 1 Timothy 2:14-16; 2 Peter 1:16-21 and 3:15-17.) I have expressed that in this article.

I hope this article will be of valuable service to Bible students and readers. May God the Almighty Father, Son, and Holy Spirit + bless it. Your own help and assistance in improving it will be most welcome. Pax vobis --Dataclarifier 01:48, 1 November 2014 (EDT)

Sequence of clean ups

My own plan of clean up for Literalist Bible chronology is:

  1. remove "group=note" designations from all ref-tags <ref name="INFO" group=note> and <ref name="INFO" group=note/> and (at least temporarily) do away with Notes section {{reflist|group=note}} at bottom of article.
  2. change all {{small|...}} formatting to <small>...</small> format
  3. remove [[names/articles links brackets]] that do not connect to Conservapedia articles
  4. retrieve from earlier version/s reasonable material removed by Wikipedia editors
  5. remove unnecessary notes and references
  6. replace dead or empty {{bibleverse||book of Bible|chapter:verse}} format links with format [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=(book)%20(chapter:verse)&version=XXX Book Chapter:verse] (this will take a while)
  7. simplify the language Level to make the article easier to read and understand for high school level readers.--Dataclarifier 18:30, 1 November 2014 (EDT)

Please feel free to jump in and help. I will place a notation at the top of the article's edit page in capital letters CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR BEING DONE to alert you when I am working on it so edit conflicts can be avoided. I will remove it when I have finished editing for the day. Expect me to be busy with any edit on this article for several hours (I edit slowly, and check it and recheck it and proofread it several times again, before leaving an edit.)

If you are willing to be patient and let me do the whole thing myself, I am O.K. with that. I will also be attending to some other assignments as I do this one (mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays):
Conservative's request for me to see if I can improve Atheist worldview and Atheism and beliefs, followed by writing articles on Philosophical naturalism and Argument from religious experience and Swinburne's argument from religious experience.

Now you have a "heads up" as to my intentions. Thanks for your understanding, and for all your work on Conservapedia. ("I'LL BE BACK")

Pax vobis --Dataclarifier 10:33, 1 November 2014 (EDT)

Task #1.
( remove "group=note" designations from all ref-tags <ref name="INFO" group=note> and <ref name="INFO" group=note/> and (at least temporarily) do away with Notes section {{reflist|group=note}} at bottom of article. ) DONE.
--Dataclarifier 15:39, 1 November 2014 (EDT)
I changed all the BCE and BC and CE notation to standard Christian usage B.C. and A.D. (date properly follows A.D., which means Lat. Anno Domini "Year of the Lord" and the date: for example, this year is A.D. 2014, "The Year of Our Lord 2014".)
--Dataclarifier 18:30, 1 November 2014 (EDT)
Task #2.
( change all {{small|...}} formatting to <small>...</small> format ) DONE.
--Dataclarifier 22:50, 1 November 2014 (EDT)
Task #3.
( remove [[names/articles links brackets]] that do not connect to Conservapedia articles ) DONE. (took 13 hours 12 minutes)
—see the diff. (I left several bracketed items as potential pages for related topics that would be good to have some day.)
--Dataclarifier 23:07, 2 November 2014 (EST)
Task #4.
( retrieve from earlier version/s reasonable material removed by Wikipedia editors ) DONE.
--Dataclarifier 03:22, 5 November 2014 (EST)
Task #6.
( replace dead or empty {{bibleverse||book of Bible|chapter:verse}} format links with format [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=(book)%20(chapter:verse)&version=XXX Book Chapter:verse] ) DONE.
--Dataclarifier 01:50, 6 November 2014 (EST)
Task #5.
( remove unnecessary notes and references ) DONE.
--Dataclarifier 03:21, 8 November 2014 (EST)
Interim Task: (related to Task #5) items for which "page does not exist" have been external-linked to online source encyclopedias, articles and Bible dictionaries until pages can be created for them on Conservapedia. Done.
Creation of the new pages on Conservapedia will take a while, one by one. I can accomplish this incrementally while I mainly work on the other 5 major tasks of improvement of articles and articles to be written, as requested. The currently-linked external sources found inline in the article here will provide material for rewritten summations of essential information (liberal biases removed! ), for pages to be created under the titles of the items that have been externally linked. As the new pages are created, then the externally linked items in Literalist Bible chronology can be linked directly to the newly created Conservapedia pages, and the external links they have at present this date can then be removed. Expect new articles to pop up 2 or 3 at a time.
The last remaining immediate major task to be done here is Task #7: to simplify the reading Level. (Followed by careful Proofreading.)
--Dataclarifier 18:11, 13 November 2014 (EST)
Task #7.
( simplify the language Level to make the article easier to read and understand for high school level readers. ) DONE.
--Dataclarifier 16:54, 15 November 2014 (EST)
Careful Proofreading is all that remains, to remove and correct defects of spelling, layout, etc.
(there always seem to be some, like finding there are still one or two more dishes to be washed when you thought the job was finally done.) Nevertheless, the major task of revising and completing this article for Conservapedia has now been accomplished.
(Colonel, actually, not major.)
Jesus is Lord ! Semper Fidelis ! --Dataclarifier 16:54, 15 November 2014 (EST)
Careful Proofreading
( edit summary says: "this edit concludes the major overall careful proofreading and general finishing edit" ) DONE.
I know that there will always be need for some improvement, if only to update the article and make it current. That's up to you guys.
This article is as complete as I can make it. All that remains is to make information from the linked external sources into reasonable Conservapedia articles. Clean up complete!
Thank you for your patience. Thanks to Almighty God, the Father + the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Pax vobis. --Dataclarifier 22:16, 16 November 2014 (EST)

Now— on to other things! --Dataclarifier 22:16, 16 November 2014 (EST)

Problem with URL http://tools.wmflabs.org/bibleversefinder/

The intermittant, stubbornly unreliable performance of the URL link

tools.wmflabs.org/bibleversefinder/?book=

too often presents an "in your face" blank page, especially during the daylight period.
This is unacceptable (and irritatingly frustrating—I thought their performance problem had finally been corrected—big mistake).
Extensive linkage revision will now be necessary.
I will replace the {{bibleverse}} links with biblegateway.org links to KJV as soon as I can, together with other tasks also in hand.
The biblegateway.org KJV page site also offers a drop-down menu choice of other translations for comparison. Improvement coming!

"Can do !" Semper Fi ! --Dataclarifier 13:58, 18 November 2014 (EST)

Rewrite

I have thoroughly reviewed, corrected and revised the article. It has undergone an extensive rewrite. The basic form of the article remains intact, with the chronological tables basically the same, and new material has been added which has substantially improved it. It is not the article that was copied and pasted from Wikipedia. I trust it will be acceptable and highly useful to all Bible students. My thanks for your patience. It was a very long procedure. Thanks be to God for his Goodness and Assistance. --Dataclarifier 03:28, 2 December 2014 (EST)

After an additional proofreading today, I have made some subsequent minor layout adjustments, and provided some small illustrative examples of clarifications of apparent "inconsistencies" in the Biblical text by means of historical-grammatical critical methodology. The article has finally been fully realized and completed, as originally conceived, Wednesday 3 December 1st week of Advent + 2014. All honor to God!
Semper Fidelis! --Dataclarifier 20:26, 3 December 2014 (EST)