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Welcome! God Bless + everyone who accesses this page! --Dataclarifier 12:18, 3 October 2014 (EDT)

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Reply to non-English font issue

Characters from non-English alphabets can be copied from anywhere and then pasted in an edit box, and their fonts are usually preserved by the MediaWiki software.--Andy Schlafly 19:00, 3 October 2014 (EDT)

The appropriate font has to be installed on the system the reader is using. They are not on the site. For Hebrew, see this. You can use either cut-and-paste or the "Character Map" feature. You don't usually have to worry about fonts unless it's something really out of the ordinary like cuneiform. PeterKa 23:08, 3 October 2014 (EDT)
You guys, I really appreciate your replies. What you didn't know is: I've never done a copy and paste, and I've had a computer for 6 years. I had no idea what to do when you recommended that I do it, and when I looked at the tools menu top right my screen I was still in the dark how to use Edit Cut Copy Paste. I didn't know anyone I could ask to teach me what to do, and I didn't want to annoy you guys with that request, so I experimented a bit and got no results. So I went to bed, woke up 2 hours later, and it suddenly occurred to me (uh-Du-uh!) to turn on the computer and search "How to copy and paste". Well, the time now is 00:03 my time (CDT), and over the past several minutes I watched two tutorials on MyTube. I came here and found PeterKa's response added to Andy's. You guys are a lot friendlier than the Administrator-snipers on Wikipedia. So now I know what in the world you were telling me to do, and the added data you both supplied above--"preserved by the MediaWiki software" and "need installation of the font on the system I'm using"--helps complete the picture. After I complete this edit, I'll access the Hebrew font using the link PeterKa provided. Thanks, guys! God bless + you both. --Dataclarifier 01:30, 4 October 2014 (EDT)
Ho-kay! That was not really clear. I'm still a 68-year-old novice on the computer. This coming Wednesday, when I start constructing the articles I would like to contribute, I'll simply copy the Hebrew and Greek words and characters I need from other sites, like the Hebrew-English parallel MT and JPS 1917 text at Numbers 4, and elpenor.com's English-Greek Septuagint, and paste them onto the edit page of the constructed article. --Dataclarifier 02:05, 4 October 2014 (EDT)
I found an outstanding resource site http://copypastecharacter.com/all-characters --Dataclarifier 16:13, 18 October 2014 (EDT)

could use your assistance

I see that you are interested in Christian apologetics.

Please consider writing articles on Philosophical naturalism and Argument from religious experience and Swinburne's argument from religious experience.

And also expanding/improving these articles: Atheist worldview and Atheism and beliefs. Conservative 19:01, 18 October 2014 (EDT)

Thank you, Conservative, for your evident confidence in my expertise at researching a topic. I am willing, but the "flesh is weak", so I will do what I can after I have completed Badger skins (Bible) (this week?) and have taken a break. My difficulty is the stamina required to research, compose, create and edit an article. I edit slowly, and sometimes it takes me 5 hours to refine a single paragraph. (For example, I began this response 13:28, timestamp check, 12:28 my time, and posted it only after carefully proofreading and revising and reviewing it several times on [Show preview] before deeming it satisfactory.) Nevertheless, I will be happy to assist as long as I am able and have opportunity. Please be patient. I am looking forward to working with the Conservapedia community. Pax vobis --Dataclarifier 14:04, 19 October 2014 (EDT)
OK. We appreciate all your efforts. If you want to prioritize the work, expanding the Atheist worldview article would have the biggest priority. The external link section has good sources if you wish to use them. Conservative 15:30, 19 October 2014 (EDT)
Can do! Semper Fi! --Dataclarifier 19:08, 19 October 2014 (EDT)

assistance forthcoming

I have basically completed and finished the article Badger skins (Bible)—at 16:34, 24 October 2014.
I'll take a break and be back beginning 5 and 7 November ready to do what I can to improve Atheist worldview and Atheism and beliefs.
After those two, I'll research and compose an article on Swinburne's argument from religious experience followed by what promises to be the more general companion piece Argument from religious experience.

When these have been given concise and satisfactory encyclopedic treatment, I'll survey Philosophical naturalism, articulating more than a dictionary type definition of the subject—expect as brief an outline overview as I used in the "Badger skins (Bible)" article (I believe there were indications of it before the Greeks, in Sumer, about the time of Lugalzaggisi and Sargon I, but I'll have to check on that).
I realistically anticipate a probable research and development period of about 10 months total November through August for all 5 requests sequentially as set forth here ending about September 2015 with final finishing touches on "Philosophical naturalism". Expect my editing activity mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Pax vobis + --Dataclarifier 00:44, 25 October 2014 (EDT)
Sounds great. Thanks for all your work. Much appreciated. 04:45, 25 October 2014 (EDT)

Don't forget to do category tags for your articles

Don't forget to do category tags for your articles. For example, the article Keresh needs a category tag. Look at the bottom of the Conservapedia articles and you will quickly see how to do category tags. Conservative 06:12, 31 October 2014 (EDT)

Also, if you didn't do it already, try to build a link to a newly created article from an existing article so the page is not an orphan page that nobody finds. 06:15, 31 October 2014 (EDT)
I put a category tag on your Keresh article and built a link to the article from the article Deer. Conservative 06:18, 31 October 2014 (EDT)
Thanks, Conservative, for your help. (It's like you have my "six"!) I was cut off by 02:30 curfew (CDT) before I could finish the stub. Henceforth I will always provide a catagory tag and link/s to new articles with the first edit/s constructing them, instead of waiting until they are completed as I had originally intended. I now plan to finish any day's editing around 01:00 (CST).
Good to go. Pax vobis. --Dataclarifier 10:15, 31 October 2014 (EDT)

Project

Would you like to collaborate with other editors on a wiki project to help Conservapedia be a strong resource for a given topic.

The topic could be decided by the editors participating.

If you are interested, please go to: The collaborative project. Conservative 21:55, 25 December 2014 (EST)

Update

My pet Tommikat died 9 December 2014 11 years old (queened in 2003). I miss him, and I will not have another indoor pet at my age. Instead I keep the bird-feeder outside the dining room window full in winter for the sparrows, chickadees, juncos, cardinals, blue jays, and thieving squirrels. --Dataclarifier 16:37, 16 January 2015 (EST)

I'm very sorry to hear your pet died. I'm sure you loved him very much and he loved you. My sincere condolences DC. EJamesW 17:56, 16 January 2015 (EST)
Thanks, James, I very much appreciated your unexpected expression of sympathy. In July I relented and got another cat from the Animal Rescue League for my mother. He was queened in 2008. We retained his original name "Fuzz". 20 inches from nose to rump. He is a domestic shorthair, pussywillow grey, with a tan undercoat that shows only when he's stroked backward (he loves it!), and has beautiful green eyes. He was severely depressed before we adopted him, weighed 22 lbs. (!) and was shaped like a big football with feet and no legs. But after a good diet on Purina Natural for Indoor Cats (lost 4 lbs.) and gentle loving he is happily "retired" with us, his legs are visible, and he has discovered that he is free to "complain" when we are not doing things the way he wants. When we turn on TV in the morning at 0700 hrs for the EWTN Daily Mass he always comes in and lies down and listens to the whole program (his ears move), and as soon as it's over, even when we don't immediately get up, he leaves the room and goes back to sleep. Imagine that: a Christian cat (!) Outstanding ! --Dataclarifier (talk) 11:53, 17 September 2015 (EDT)
Fuzz suddenly lost his potty training and began having seizures over a period of 4 days end of February. He came to the side of my chair while I was at the computer, which was not normal, looked up at me and said a sad "ma-ow" and crouched on the floor. I looked down and asked, "Are you all right?" He made a sadder, much softer "ma-oh" (almost like "no"), he lowered his head, looked down and closed his eyes. I stroked him and he purred. Then 29 February I took him to ARL to be examined, and nothing could be done. I requested euthanasia for him and after the veterinarian checked him over and told me the procedure I assured her that I preferred to be with Fuzz as he died, so he would be less frightened, and told her that I have seen death close up many times, including men I have been with. She did not know that people also sometimes make a small spasm when they die. Within two minutes of the injection, the vet said "He's gone". Then she said quietly as she checked him again, "There was something seriously wrong with this cat. It's not normal for them to pass so quickly!" She agreed that I had done the right thing for him. I stroked him, kissed him on the head saying, "One last time, baby cat." Then I arranged for the ARL there to take care of his disposal, and I donated all of his kitty equipment and leftover supplies to ARL, for which they thanked me. I notified Home Again microchip services, then Fuzz's regular vet, and finally the city licensing clerk, that he was dead. I have good memories of all my pets, and Fuzzy is the last and final one. I thank God for all the animals, our companions in the miracle of life on earth. --Dataclarifier (talk) 13:59, 18 April 2016 (EDT)
Thank you for serving and we are grateful for your contributions. My deepest feelings for your loss. --Jpatt 15:04, 18 April 2016 (EDT)

FYI

It's just a minute detail... --AugustO 02:18, 19 January 2015 (EST)

Thanks, --AugustO 03:35, 19 January 2015 (EST)
Just another annotation: For emphasis, you put some verses in parentheses like [[haec est autem vita aeterna ut cognoscant te solum verum Deum et quem misisti Iesum Christum]]. Though this adds a nice red color, it has the disadvantage that a link to a nonexistent article is created: haec est autem vita aeterna ut cognoscant te solum verum Deum et quem misisti Iesum Christum
I don't know whether you intend to write an article on each of the versions of the verse - you can do so just by clicking on the red link above.
If you don't want to create these articles, you should try to avoid such links - as they appear at Special:WantedPages.
There are other ways to create emphasis:
  1. you could use <span style="color:red">haec est autem...</span> to get haec est autem.... Same optic, but no link!
  2. you could link to an existing article by piping: [[John 15-21 (Translated)|haec est autem...]] gives haec est autem..., [[John 15-21 (Translated)#Chapter 17|haec est autem...]] takes you to the respective chapter of the CBP.
I hope that helps, your "p-poor sniper" AugustO 10:53, 19 January 2015 (EST)
Yeah, it do help. I'm still relatively new to online editing. Will rectify. Pax --Dataclarifier 11:05, 19 January 2015 (EST)
This time your weapon was loaded with solid ammo when you fired, and you hit the target dead on. Well done. Empty blank cartridges make no impact. Only noise. Don't fire if you don't have a precision round in the chamber and adjusted crosshairs on the target. --Dataclarifier 12:25, 19 January 2015 (EST)

re: Argument from religious experience

Thanks for creating the article Argument from religious experience.

Suggestions:

1. After Latin terms put in parenthesis the meaning of the Latin phrase.

2. Take into account Deism as far as the article.

3. You could also take into account the arguments relating to Divine Hiddenness.

"At that time Jesus said, 'I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.'" - Matthew 11:25. See also: 1 Corinthians 2: 6-9


Divine Hiddenness

I hope that helps. Conservative 16:15, 26 February 2015 (EST)

Thanks for your suggestions. I believe that the core meaning of the article as titled is the argument from testimony based on other people's experiences. The philosophically perceived and speculatively defined experience of Deus Absconditus is a distinctly separate subject which merits separate treatment, more related to Causes of atheism. The subsection, The argument of Jesus Christ, points to His intuitive evidential argument, which does not depend on the argument from religious experience but on what Vatican II pointed out is the inner knowing of each person when confronted with the evidential objective externalist doctrine of the truth of God's existence in Romans 1:19-22. If you are fully persuaded that the above material should be included, please feel free to insert it into the article with my full approbation and consent. I wish you well. Semper Fi! --Dataclarifier 16:10, 26 February 2015 (EST)
Additional thought. All of your suggested material appears to me to be more related to experiences of the absence of God, which has some treatment in Swinburne's argument from religious experience: Experiences of the absence of God: a negative principle of credulity pertaining to atheistic critiques of Swinburne's empirical argument, more particularly in the subsection "Response: Atheist Michael Martin". In my opinion it more pertinently belongs there. However, I believe you should compose a separate article with the cited and linked resources you provided above, "Divine hiddenness".
Again, I appreciate your message. Go ahead and improve the article if you are persuaded it needs the additional info.
Pax vobis. --Dataclarifier 16:39, 26 February 2015 (EST)

REDUCED INVOLVEMENT IN CONSERVAPEDIA DUE TO WORK AS VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN FOR ELDERLY

I have just been accepted as a volunteer ombudsman advocate for the rights of residents of a Long Term Care facility. This is an important work of justice and mercy, and will consume most of my attention from this date. I will still contribute what I can to Conservapedia, but on a much reduced level of participation. I must withdraw from the volunteer cooperative project proposed by Conservative. I will nevertheless fulfill my obligation to construct and contribute an article on Philosophical naturalism by September. I thank the Conservapedia staff for their courtesy and appreciation of my contributions. God + bless you all. Pax vobis --Dataclarifier 12:18, 27 February 2015 (EST)

Account promoted

Your account has been promoted to bypass Captcha. Congratulations!--Andy Schlafly (talk) 17:49, 12 August 2015 (EDT)

Andy, thank you for the promotion! I am late and remiss in not earlier acknowledging the honor, and I sincerely apologize. It is much appreciated and an improvement in convenience for me. I wish you and your whole staff good health and + blessings from Almighty God. Amen.
--Dataclarifier (talk) 03:24, 17 September 2015 (EDT)
Sorry about that. 5 thumbs on a touchscreen.--Jpatt 11:28, 19 April 2016 (EDT)

"Philosophical naturalism" (completed)

I have deleted all of the compiled material that I had copied from online sources and previously posted here for combining, editing and condensing into the article that was requested by Conservative: Philosophical naturalism. It was an honor to do it. And a relief to have finished it.

I was reflecting today, that fashioning an article for Conservapedia which factually explains error and defends Christianity is like a meditation and praise of God. The semitic expression found in the Bible, "Give glory to God and praise him", simply means "Tell the truth" (Josh. 7:19; cf. Luke 23:47). The information I gathered, sifted and put together improved my understanding of how reasonable is our faith in Jesus Christ and his body, his Church, the body of the faithful, his bride, militant, suffering and triumphant. I feel enriched in spirit, and deeply grateful to him. Please pray for the blessing of our country, our leaders, our military, in particular the United States Marines both at home and abroad, and our covert operatives and "black ops" specialists working in secret to secure for us the blessings of freedom of worship and liberty from the oppression all who wish us harm. It would be most appreciated. Thanks. Semper Fi ! Pax vobis.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 03:12, 17 September 2015 (EDT)

After submitting the text, I proofread it again and found multiple defects. After four more days of work on it the article is now finished. Pax vobis. All honor to God. --Dataclarifier (talk) 17:08, 19 September 2015 (EDT)

After re-reading it again, I made a few important improvements. Now it's finished. --Dataclarifier (talk) 14:12, 20 September 2015 (EDT)

Revelation, Book of (historical exegesis): article has been created

The article Revelation, Book of (historical exegesis) has been created. I have deleted the draft here. Other related sections have also been removed from this page.

Thanks to the Conservapedia staff for your patience while the draft was being developed. I have no intention of developing another project this extensive. Too many sleepless nights spent to "get it right". I am pleased with the final result. I would like to hear what you think of it. Thanks again. Blessed be the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pax vobis. Semper Fi ! --Dataclarifier (talk) 00:29, 14 November 2015 (EST)

I neglected to perform a planned final proofread and edit on all the external links before initially creating the article. Over the past week and a half I have completed the procedure and made some improvements. The article is now finished. This is my last extensive project. --Dataclarifier (talk) 00:44, 23 November 2015 (EST)
My final finishing edit of the table of contents as improved aid to understanding the article: 13:15, 30 November 2015
--Dataclarifier (talk) 13:15, 30 November 2015 (EST)

Farewell note, and best wishes for all the coming years.

I am withdrawing from Conservapedia due to health. My best wishes to all of you. God bless + you all, forever.

Michael Paul Heart. --Dataclarifier (talk) 13:58, 19 December 2015 (EST)

Wow, this is a tragic loss, Michael. Thanks for all your superb contributions. We'll say prayers that you might be able to return some time in the future!--Andy Schlafly (talk) 14:15, 19 December 2015 (EST)
Thank you, Andy. I am deeply touched by your appreciation. I am grateful to God I was able to contribute in some small way to the benefit of so many readers. Pax vobiscum. --Dataclarifier (talk) 19:18, 19 December 2015 (EST)
Your work has helped many here. By the grace of God hopefully you can share more of your knowledge with future editing here, pursuant to the Great Commission.--Andy Schlafly (talk) 20:42, 19 December 2015 (EST)

Eyesight

I just last night, after having gone over the text, finished correcting a minor defect in copy by a more consistent use of the shorter "dash" ( – ) in the article Revelation, Book of (historical exegesis). It's finally finished. I must tell you that it was difficult and time-consuming, because my eyesight is failing, mostly due to the increased abundance of "floaters" which cloud my vision, having the same frustrating, fatiguing and annoying effect as oily dirt smears on eyeglasses or combat/sports goggles, when attempting to see small defects even up close, but these can't be wiped away. It's only getting worse. I felt that you all deserved to know why I had to withdraw from Conservapedia because of health. My consolation is the hope that what I have contributed will be of some lasting benefit to your readers and students. I assure you that I have not despaired of the pure goodness of God, and that my retirement is otherwise relatively free of stress. I am looking forward to a joyful homecoming in heaven with Jesus Christ Our Lord, and I wish all of you the very best and pray for the increased success of the mission of Conservapedia. Amen.

Michael Paul Heart --Dataclarifier (talk) 10:33, 22 January 2016 (EST)

Harmony of the Gospels?

Andy, Administrators, and Staff of Conservapedia, Peace be with you:

Probably due to the Holy Spirit responding to your prayers on my behalf in possibly prompting me to continue in some way to contribute to Conservapedia ("pursuant to the Great Commission", Andy's words, above), I feel a generous need to provide a kind of "literalistic" Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version), after the pattern of the well-known but no-longer-extant Diatessaron. (I was surprised to find no such treatment in a search on Conservapedia.) If I am able to accomplish this, it will undoubtedly take a while, due to fatigue from eyestrain, but I'm game to put forth the effort. This will be less arduous than constructing a major article, because I am very familiar with the material devotionally and from research, so that the particular limitation and needed withdrawal as noted by me above under "eyesight" still obtains.

I should like to incorporate the biblical text as rectified and revised by contributors to the Conservapedia Bible Project, according to the principles outlined in the Project, pasting the text from there to the dedicated subpage established here below and edited as a redaction. Thus it will be a specifically Conservapedia publication.

I do not intend to put forth a critical edition, but a text that demonstrates naturally to the reader and Bible student that there are no such contradictions as asserted by liberalist scholars. A marginal column of Bible links will be provided to demonstrate to the reader that nothing has been omitted. If Our Lord permits me to complete this Harmony, it may take me about 18 months to finish, from today, projected finishing date sometime around September/October 2017.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 10:46, 16 March 2016 (EDT)

Conservapedia's web traffic is up

Conservapedia is one of the top 100,000 websites in the world as far as web traffic according to the web traffic tracking company Alexa,[1]

Thank you for all your contributions.

Conservapedia continues to receive millions of page views per month.Conservative (talk) 18:02, 19 April 2016 (EDT)

That's encouraging news! May God bless, protect and improve this service, and establish and increase its reputation for reliability and integrity through the 21st century and beyond. Amen. --Dataclarifier (talk) 03:53, 20 April 2016 (EDT)

Account promotion

Just promoted your account to include "move" an "protect/unprotect" privileges. Congratulations!--Andy Schlafly (talk) 14:48, 20 June 2016 (EDT)

Thank you, Andy. When I have finished this Harmony of the Gospel feature I should like to protect it. Then after that, no more extensive projects! I will stick around afterward and do what little I can to help Conservapedia while I can still see. Peace be with you and all the staff. +
--Dataclarifier (talk) 14:59, 20 June 2016 (EDT)
Just promoted your account again to include upload rights. Public domain images are preferred, but many other images available under "CC" or flickr licenses are also fine, with full attribution to the author and source. Here is a good examples: File:2011 spending pie chart.jpg (example of public domain) and File:Swiss_party_politics_2007_en.png (example of proper attribution). Congratulations!--Andy Schlafly (talk) 10:02, 19 October 2016 (EDT)

bit by bit series of edits reconstructing 13 hours' work lost Nov 29 because when I clicked "See preview" I got "Hmm--we can't reach this page" and this frustrated every attempt to return to the edit page

Been there, done that (or something quite similar): I'm feeling with you! --AugustO (talk) 08:55, 1 December 2016 (EST)

I've had that happen too--it's very frustrating! Depending on what browser you use, you can sometimes hit the back button, and get to the edit page containing all of your unsaved text. I know this often works with Firefox, anyway. Also, I know hindsight is 20/20, but I've also sometimes copied all the text into notepad, a "sticky note" or some other window before submitting. It's easy to forget to do this, but it can be a real life-saver. Anyway, I hope that doesn't happen again! --David B (TALK) 13:07, 8 December 2016 (EST)
Thanks, men, for your support! The 29 Nov incident that destroyed the extensive edit did not allow back page response... and I had failed to copy the page each time I intended to "Preview". My current strategy is to do small incremental edits and save each one. I regret this measure will prove tedious to the extreme to our faithful administrators and stewards who take security seriously and are duty-bound to check changes as they occur. I had intended to spare them by doing an all-day-long single edit with frequent "Preview page" checks of my work before finally submitting that current phase of development. However, my proven trustworthiness may allow them to do a simpler "eye-ball" check and know it's all copacetic. I can check vandalism myself on this page.
Completion of this project will be an improvement all around.
Semper Fi ! --Dataclarifier (talk) 15:13, 8 December 2016 (EST)
Too bad--at least you tried, though. I expect the folks here won't mind more edits. I've started doing a greater quantity too, and no one has complained. I expect that as long as you are contributing, they won't mind. By now, I expect you've sufficiently proven yourself. Good "luck" and God bless! --David B (TALK) 15:57, 8 December 2016 (EST)

Created two brief fundamentally important new articles

I was surprised that Conservapedia lacked articles on Ante-Nicene Fathers and Great Apostasy !

No problem. (Needed the mental break.)

Just trying to help.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 02:21, 10 December 2016 (EST)

Merry Christmas

cebter

Thank you for all your contributions to Conservaoedia as far your web article content.

Merry Christmas! And have a happy New Year's Day. Conservative (talk) 16:37, 24 December 2016 (EST)

Sunday School

I'm trying to make a very quick edit, and I got an edit conflict. Beware! When I get through, you might get a conflict. Beware! Save your work, and we can make this painless. SamHB (talk) 23:52, 29 December 2016 (EST)

Finished; thanks for you understanding. By the way, the wiki software seems to have been modified to make it not at all user-friendly in helping people deal with edit conflicts. I had to work out the merge manually. SamHB (talk) 23:58, 29 December 2016 (EST)
I just now had an edit conflict here--will repeat what I submitted before your message above appeared, and before I take a look at "whut ya done"--Sam: Saw your quick edit [ (!). ] and I liked it! Thanks for the improvement. Had no conflict this side. --Dataclarifier (talk) 00:08, 30 December 2016 (EST)

Three new articles

I have just finished three articles that I think are essential small parts of Conservapedia's vast educational mission:

My sincere apology for delaying completion of the final seventh section of Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version). My eyesight has not gotten worse (not yet), and I wanted to present a treatment of these three subjects while I still could.

I grew up Disciples of Christ and then Conservative Baptist, accepted Christ as my personal Savior at the age of 12 and was baptized by immersion, and as a teen became a leader in my Youth Department and an enthusiastic youth conversion counsellor for newly baptized converts and an active member of Youth for Christ (Billy Graham's organization) in Des Moines in the early 60's. After initially failing college in '68, I became deeply committed to researching the origins and history of Christianity and the Bible, and anthropology, and had a totally unexpected powerful spiritual experience of Jesus as Lord calling me back to Him. After further investigation and careful prayer and discernment and discovering to my surprise that the Catholic Church actually preaches Jesus as the only Savior, I converted to the Catholic Church in 1978. So I think I have an informed understanding and sympathetic view of the subject matter as an amateur historian, a previous Fundamentalist, and as a Catholic convert in 1978. See my balanced treatment of the Great Apostasy and my article on Badger skins (Bible).

Near the end of completing the article Sunday School there were two vandalizing edits, so I placed a lock on the article, but only temporarily. When I remove it I'll simply see what happens.

Now that these other articles are finished, I plan to complete the redaction of the seventh section of Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) before the end of January (this year!), while I still can. Then after a final proof-reading of all seven sections of the entire feature, which might take all of February, I will not construct any more extensive articles. I don't think I'll have the energy, and besides, I keep forgetting some details of editing, making it necessary to constantly go back and correct my omissions and mistaken typos after "saving page", so I'm sure you all understand.

February 1st is my 70th birthday. God's will be done. All praise to Jesus Christ the Only-Begotten Son of God, the only Savior, and true son of Mary, true Theotokos, whom "all generations will call Blessed", whom Elizabeth, full of the Holy Spirit, called Mother of God "μήτηρ τοῦ Κυρίου" for the first time in all of human history (Luke 1:43 and 48).

Pax vobiscum Semper Fi ! --Dataclarifier (talk) 10:32, 3 January 2017 (EST)


I removed the protect tag from Sunday School article this morning. So far no further vandalism. --Dataclarifier (talk) 10:22, 5 January 2017 (EST)

Copying large block of text on Windows 10

After I upgraded to Windows 10 I could no longer copy a whole block of text by placing the cursor in a space at the top and using as before the Ctrl + c keys pressed simultaneously. That only sometimes highlighted a line for copying, depending on where I had positioned the cursor. I searched online in vain for an instruction for a whole-block copy-and-paste procedure with Windows 10. Pasting the copied text to another (created) page was still performed the same as before with Ctrl + v.

I then had the tedious task of holding down the left click of the mouse and scrolling down from the top of the text to the bottom while holding it down, in order to highlight the whole of the text for copying with Ctrl + c. I did that in transferring completed drafts of the seven-chapter long texts of the Longer sections of the Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) to transfer and paste on the (newly created) page. It took up to 8 minutes to highlight the whole text to be copied with Ctrl + c. It worked, but what a pain. I wanted to "hurt" something. ["Ready—FIRE!!!"] But I settled for having to put up with this electronic "improvement" of Windows 10. (Ever noticed how "improvements" involve even more complexed inconvenience?)

But I have only just now accidentally discovered the same block-text copy function can be performed in Windows 10 with the lower-case "a" key by positioning the cursor at the bottom of the whole of the drafted text on the edit page and using the Ctrl key + a to instantly highlight the entire block of text above it, and then using the Ctrl key + c to copy the highlighted field. I had intended to capitalize an "A" at the beginning of a sentence, but unintentionally pressed the Ctrl key instead of Shift. When this highlighted the whole block of material, it only took one experiment to discover that this accident which highlighted everything above the position of the cursor, allowed copying the highlighted block with Ctrl + c and pasting it as a copy lower down the page with Ctrl + v.

OOH-Rah! Semper Fi! God be praised! --Dataclarifier (talk) 06:30, 13 January 2017 (EST)

CORRECTION: it doesn't matter where the cursor is on the page for copying it entirely and then pasting it. Ctrl + a and Ctrl + c, and then Ctrl + v. Live and learn. Thank you for your attention. --Dataclarifier (talk) 09:39, 24 January 2017 (EST)

More new articles created

''The Two Babylons'' with related redirect and disambiguation pages.

Pietism

Magisterium

Magister

Esoteric

The need for these was evident. Happy to create them while I still can.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 08:07, 13 January 2017 (EST)

Ex cathedra

New article Ex cathedra developed yesterday, finished today. --Dataclarifier (talk) 09:56, 23 January 2017 (EST)

Revision and expansion of article Pope

I have just finished revising and expanding the article Pope for balance, encyclopedic completeness and accuracy. Various "biblical" criticisms have been set forth and refuted with linguistic and historical fact. The whole offensively anti-Catholic tone of the article as I originally found it has been altered away from negative half-truths. The scandal of bad popes has been included, the fact of holy popes as well, along with a factual historical defense of the reliable integrity of the infallible teaching office of the papacy. On the talk page are several criticisms I answered one-by-one.
--Dataclarifier (talk) 14:16, 23 January 2017 (EST)

Just finished creating new article Pallium, related to Pope. --Dataclarifier (talk) 03:43, 24 January 2017 (EST)

New Article, Old Title Hypocrites

I just finished the links to a freshly-written article Hypocrites. I had intended to remove the Redirect from Hypocrite, but an editorial move was not possible. The redirect page was protected ([View source] only). So I entered the search window with "hypocrite" and added an "s", clicked it, was invited to create the page, and got a "warning" that a page with the title Hypocrites had been deleted. I do not know what the deleted page contained and I did not seek to find out. (I guessed that it was an offensive and slanted list of names.) The fact that the definition of "hypocrite" itself differs somewhat in substance from the general topic of (political, governmental) Hypocrisy gave me reason to construct a new article under the old title, briefly discussing the various identifying characteristics of hypocrites in general in what I intended to be a balanced and neutrally informative page. I then provided links to relevant Conservapedia articles, and to honestly-written external links on hypocrites in history, government, politics, journalism, education, business, sports, health and human services, and Christianity and the Church, and concluded the list with a link to the Vatican II text of Gaudium et Spes, which discusses the causes of modern stress, including scandal, hypocrisy, unbelief and atheism, and the causes of atheism. The new article briefly acknowledges both deliberate fraud, dishonest poseurs, and the defect of the unconscious self-deception of personally unrecognized moral pretense, as well as the scandal that these cause. The external links provide opportunity for educational insight for discerning hypocrites using general examples from real life.
May the peace of the Lord be with you all. --Dataclarifier (talk) 02:54, 25 January 2017 (EST)

I have just improved and expanded the related article Offense. See Diff. --Dataclarifier (talk) 06:22, 25 January 2017 (EST)

Cover up

Just finished new article with links: Cover up. Included a spectrum of all kinds of external links of cover ups current and throughout recent history, along with seven directly related Conservapedia articles including link to the Main page.
--Dataclarifier (talk) 11:55, 27 January 2017 (EST)

Quick project

Dear Dataclarifier: Our state articles list the members of Congress from each state, but they have not be updated for 2016. If five editors could update 10 states each, we would be done quickly. Could you please take a look at Conservapedia:Community Portal#Political directory? Thanks in advance, JDano (talk) 16:26, 15 February 2017 (EST)

Disappointing delay re Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version)

My intention to finish the final chapters of Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) was blocked by family demands, holiday and church activities, and this past 4 weeks by complications and infection from oral surgery which laid me low. Recovery has been slow, and I am able to concentrate again.

I am carefully re-reading Josephus and Eusebius, together with Paul L. Meier's "Essential" condensations, to draw out what is most relevant to the siege and destruction of Jerusalem, similar to the purpose of the author of 2 Maccabees (2:20-21). Several of the speeches in Josephus have a prophetic character similar to the invectives of the biblical prophets against Israel, and illuminate the fact that the words of Jesus were fulfilled; but many of the accounts of individuals are not needed, such as the actions of the auxiliary Pudens, who attacked, slipped and fell, and was killed by one of the rebels, who was himself killed and fell on Pudens' body, an incident that Josephus presents as proverbial of the ironies of war. The speeches are morally and spiritually instructive, but the general overall details of the siege are all that is needed for the purpose of this Harmony. My intent is to condense without changing or altering the essentials of the event, without omitting much that Meier did not include, and to simplify and update the wording of the original English translations of Whiston and Tacitus without violating copyrights.

I was profoundly disappointed (and quietly irritated!) with so many overwhelming interruptions beginning in August of last year, and my duties to my family and community are so paramount in Christ, and I made so many concessions to the needs of others, that I was not able to finish by the end of September 2016 as I had hoped. March appears to be potentially less demanding of my time, and so I may be able to finish the final chapters and bring the entire Harmony to completion just before Easter.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 06:51, 28 February 2017 (EST)

Well, it hasn't happened. The closer I get to the end, the more I'm interrupted. It's almost uncanny! However, I'm doing what I can as I'm allowed, by circumstance, stamina, and duty. Originally, I had speculated that this project would be completed by Sept. 15, 2017, which I privately thought would be too much time, and that I would be finished long before then, in fact a full year before. But the original target date may prove to be more close to reality than I expected. I expect to be finished with chapter forty-seven tonight or tomorrow. That leaves the redaction of chapter forty-eight, and then chapter forty-nine; neither of them should take nearly as long as chapter forty-seven has. My one motivating hope in continuing is the possibility that this work will substantially benefit the reader. Peace be with you.
--Dataclarifier (talk) 21:11, 8 June 2017 (EDT)

Last chapters of "Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version)" much too long

Last night I proofread chapter Forty-nine to determine the reading time. It was 5 hours 20 minutes: 2200 to 0320. Way too much!

I will now set about dividing chapters Forty-three through Forty-nine into 14 smaller chapters, and separate them into two groups, making a Section Eight. (I feel like a "Section eight", after all the work I've done on it! Still, I believe the final result will make the whole Harmony project a worthwhile endeavor.)

Esthetically, for devotional-reading, I would like to make the final overall arrangement of the feature a structure of eight sections of seven chapters each.

My original intent was to structure the feature into forty-nine chapters corresponding to the forty-nine days of Lent leading to the fiftieth day of the triumph of Easter, and to the forty-nine days of Easter-season preceding the fiftieth day of Pentecost. But the whole of the material of the final chapters, Forty-six through Forty-nine, has proved to be too much reading to arrange into only four chapters. I am going to separate the material in Section Seven according to "natural dividing places", so that each chapter ends at a "spiritually instructive" climax.

Regarding the fact that the Book of Acts does not end with an "amen", I am not the only scholar who personally believes that this was the original intention of the author, to implicitly express the reality that the mission of the preaching of the Gospel is on-going from the time of the apostles to the day of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory, at the final "trump of God" (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 10:5-7)—

"when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,
and the morning breaks eternal, bright and fair;
when the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
and the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there!"
(Gospel song: When the Roll is Called Up Yonder—see Sunday School).

--Dataclarifier (talk) 12:14, 1 July 2017 (EDT)

System automatic update/restart will delete copied text in "edit" mode

I was engaged in a single large overall proofreading edit over a period of about 25 hours when a pop-up notice appeared that updates were ready and a restart would be required, either now or later. This is a normal, intermittent service provided to me, and it has been no problem, before now. As I was in the process of reviewing and correcting the text of Section Seven, chapters Fifty through Fifty-six of Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version), and composing some needed additional marginal notes, I would frequently highlight the whole section [Ctrl + a], copy it [Ctrl + c] with the current ongoing revisions made at the moment, then click "see preview". I had done this over a period of 25 hours, taking intermittent breaks, with the intention of submitting the whole Section page after the overall task was finished, by finally clicking "save page" once, and once only; after which I would scan (not skim) the whole Section and if it seemed to be perfectly acceptible then create the page, and finish the whole project. I saw and dismissed (X) the normal update/restart pop-up without activating it or clicking "remind me later". I continued editing, then again copied the whole page of what revisions and additions I had made to that point (from the top of chapter Fifty through the siege and destruction of Jerusalem to the middle of chapter Fifty-five), and took a needed 2 hr. break, intending to resume work on the proofreading and revision. When I returned, the computer screen displayed the normal initial operating start-up page! Annoying. Puzzling. But, nevertheless I believed I had saved all the work I'd done, because I had used the [Ctrl + c] copy function. When I re-accessed this talk page with the draft of the Section, entered the edit screen, then highlighted the whole with [Ctrl + a] and did a paste-over function with [Ctrl + v], every revision I had made during the previous 25 hours was gone!. All that work!. Gone!. This was worse than the day last year when 13 hours of work on this project had been deleted by a vandal.

I assume that in this instance I should have copied the page with all the revisions, interrupted my attempt to make one massive overall edit with a "save page", then activate a "Restart". Because I did not want to obediently submit to the servicing demand of an impersonal idiot electronic system, I lost all the effort I'd expended over a period of two days.

I decided the risk of so much loss of work, again, was not worth taking, and began reconstruction of everything I'd done to that point in proofreading and revision. But this time instead of one single revising edit I have been saving each little bit of reconstruction with small, incrimental edits, each preserved by clicking "save page".

I really believe in this project, and I fully intend to complete it. But the loss of basically two days' work is profoundly frustrating and disheartening. Reminds me of the military. But I have no intention of quitting.
"Adapt and overcome! Say it! 'M-A-R-I-N-E-S !' Can you hear me? GOD IS GOOD!"
The more you oppose, the more we fight back.

I am reminded of a cartoon that shows the demon Mephistopheles in a computer store asking the clerk with a smile, "Do you have anything user-unfriendly?"

I cannot believe I am the only contributor who has experienced this kind of totally indifferent electronic opposition to developing something good. Since there is nothing evil in this project, and as far as I can tell—from the number of views of the completed parts of the project and the lack of any negative critical comments regarding it on this talk page—it has been positively received, I interpret this snag, and all of the other incidental obstructive interruptions that have plagued me with delays of completion the past nine months, as a sign that I'm doing something good that is being opposed for that very reason, otherwise the system would be supportive instead of oppositive, friendly rather than indifferently hostile. The enemy's resistance must be met with positive persistence and kindly, compassionate patience. Also, the Lord is providing me, by his permission of both passive and active circumstantial opposition and obstruction, opportunity to persist in doing good for the benefit of others, Galatians 6:9-10 and 2 Thessalonians 3:13. I was always taught that doing good glorifies God.

Anyway, I will do what I can, prudently, to finish this project.

I wish you all well. Pray for me.

Pax vobiscum, Vivat Jesum.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 07:24, 14 July 2017 (EDT)

"Harmony of the Gospel" Update

The entire feature with all its sections and chapters is now essentially completed.

I left a note at the top of the Main Article of the feature, which I will remove 15 Nov 2017.


The following notes have been posted at the Main article and at the foot of the final chapters of the long form and the short form.

At the top of the Main article:

This entire feature has been extensively revised. Completed 15 September 2017. This note will be removed the 15th day of November 2017.

At the bottom of Chapter Fifty-six of the longer form and the shorter form:
Realized and completed 15 September 2017 on the Octave of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows; and the Martyrdom of St. Niketas the Great Martyr, the Goth. - Michael Paul Heart


I plan to unlock the feature in one year. 15 Sep 2018. I am frankly astonished that I finished on the exact day I said last year.

I cannot praise God enough for the privilege of being able to contribute this feature for the information of our readers.

To Andy and the Stewards and Administrators: I cannot thank you enough for your support and prayers and patience.
May Almighty God bless and protect and prosper every one of you in His love now and for all eternity in Jesus Christ our one true Lord and our only Savior. + Amen.

Also mention: My eyes are still better than when I first mentioned I was losing my sight. Thank you for your prayers. God is good.

Pray for the United States Marine Corps and all who labor in secret to secure for us the blessings of liberty and freedom of worship.

Pax vobis. Semper Fidelis!

--Dataclarifier (talk) 11:40, 16 September 2017 (EDT)


I have finished reviewing and revising the text 15-29 September and have added some important marginal notes, and revised the note of completion:
Revised and Completed 29 September 2017 on the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Archangels; and the Commemoration of Venerable Cyriacus the Hermit of Palestine
--Dataclarifier (talk) 21:41, 29 September 2017 (EDT)

A word of advice

I want to advise anyone who wants to undertake the task of producing a Harmony of the Gospels that it entails more effort than you could possibly anticipate or expect. While bringing this finished work at last to a definitive conclusion has been deeply satisfying, the experience of arranging and completing it in accordance with high scholastic and academic standards of accuracy and honest integrity, and conservative Christian belief, and rooting out and directly confronting illogical inconsistencies and glaring defects of outright dishonesty in doctrinal and historical interpretations, and highlighting liberal rejections of the truth of the inspired biblical revelation of God to man, has proven to be unpleasant, profoundly frustrating and exhausting work, beset by constant interruptions, even direct opposition from friends, colleagues and family. Be warned. A devout motivation to witness to Jesus Christ in defense of the truth of the Gospel and the Bible is highly commendable, but it is not enough. If you have not the stamina and mental and emotional stability to undertake this task to the almost certain exclusion of other things in your life, do not attempt it. You could permanently ruin your health. If on careful consideration you perceive that you have not the personal physical and mental resource or ability for such an endeavor, then leave the task to others, and pray that the Lord send more laborers into his field. You will have done your part for the advancement of the Gospel. Other than saying this, I can do no better than to point you to the following texts, and pray that God will be merciful to you. It does not matter if they are considered to be inspired or not, what they say is true.

I wish you well. Pax vobis. Semper fidelis —Michael Paul Heart
--Dataclarifier (talk) 11:51, 30 September 2017 (EDT)

Vigil

I have added a new article Vigil.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 07:34, 3 October 2017 (EDT)

Pliny the Elder

This morning (early after finishing Harmony of the Gospel) I added a brief article on Pliny the Elder.

--Dataclarifier (talk) 13:35, 9 October 2017 (EDT)

Harmony of the Gospel Feature Completed

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN COMPLETED. From September 29 through October 17 I re-read the whole feature. A multitude of minor corrections with addition of a very few marginal notes has been done.

The following notes have been posted at the Main article and at the foot of the final chapters of the long form and the short form.

This entire feature has been extensively revised. Completed 17 October 2017. This note will be removed the 15th day of November 2017.

Completed 17 October 2017 on the Memorial of the Martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Roman calendar; and the Observances of St. Osee (Hosea) Prophet, and St. Andrew of Crete, Venerable-Martyr, Byzantine calendar.


Access to Main article

Index

Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form

Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form

Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 1-7
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 8-14
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 15-21
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 22-28
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 29-35
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 36-42
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 43-49
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) longer form Chapters 50-56
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form

Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form

Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 1-7
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 8-14
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 15-21
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 22-28
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 29-35
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 36-42
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 43-49
Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 50-56

--Dataclarifier (talk) 06:10, 17 October 2017 (EDT)

Nicolaitans and Eternal security (salvation)

Today after finishing feature Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) I created needed articles Nicolaitans and Once saved, always saved. After several reasonable exchanges and objections to a category tag [category:Heresies] on the talk page of "Once saved, always saved" I allowed removal of the category Heresies and also performed a "move" of the article to Eternal security (salvation). The discussion hinged on whether the reader would perceive the category tag as a Conservapedia official declaration that the doctrine of unconditional eternal security of salvation is in fact a heresy! Of course, that is not the intent of such a tag. I had simply included it as a declaration of the historical fact (as I stated in the article) that "There are those who have called the doctrine of unconditional eternal security a heresy." One of the respondents on the talk page said that those who support the doctrine ought to be able to see in the article some form of clearly detailed explanation that a rejection of this doctrine is also called a heresy. Actually, the category tag is neutral, but those who read it did not receive it that way. The exchanges on the talk page are illuminating and entertaining as well as informative. In lieu of having the category:Heresies tag, I provided an additional section containing an extensive listing of external links discussing both sides of the controversy. This was apparently satisfactory. One of those who objected, and had repeatedly removed the tag, said that the problem was not the body of the article, but the presence of the tag "Heresies" which seemed to give the impression that the whole doctrine was being declared an heresy. There was surprisingly no parallel objection to "See also" including Presumption and Nicolaitans. I was amused to see that I am considered to have a "Catholic bias" simply because I am Catholic.

Reminds me of a conversation I once had with an Evangelical at school when I explained that Catholicism teaches and proclaims that salvation is solely by the grace of God through Jesus Christ alone and that we don't teach salvation by "works" alone, but works done in Christ come from God and are our necessary cooperation with the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Evangelical said that I "would say that" because I am a Catholic lying about the teaching of the Church and full of deceit. I assured him that I would not lie. He said "Of course you would, You're Catholic aren't you?" He said that he knew "perfectly well" what the Catholic Church teaches, and that no amount of lying on my part could deceive him.

Fortunately I don't meet many Protestants like that! I understood his point of view because I myself used to believe the same thing about Catholics.

One of my former Baptist friends, shortly after I converted to the Catholic Church, asked me how I could do that? I said, "Well, it's because as a good Baptist I read the Bible carefully, I know what it says, and I did a lot of historical research, and I converted because the Catholic Church turned out to be 'the most Biblical Church' I've found, and because some of the doctrines of the Baptist Church contradicted some of the things clearly spelled out in the Bible, such as 1 Peter 3:21 "baptism saves you now" and the literal Greek word trōgo "eateth my flesh" together with "This is my body" and we "partake of the divine nature" and that when we receive the cup we "share in the blood", according to the principle of sola scriptura, it means that communion is not a symbol, and that's what the early Christians in the second century also believed." I read the passages to him, and he said, "But that's a Catholic Bible. You won't find any of that in the King James!" I showed it to him and pointed to the inside cover page where it said "King James Version". He said, "I still don't believe you!" and he walked away. I've not seen him since that day. I don't know where he is.

I had looked for a church that was not started by someone who had disobeyed those who were over him/her in the Lord (Hebrews 13:17) not started by someone who had departed from a church (1 John 2:18-19) and then taught a different gospel from the gospel they had been taught in the church they had left (Galatians 1:6-9) but one started by those who maintained that the Holy Spirit had remained "forever" with the church (John 14:16) and led the church into "all truth" (John 16:13) and that the church had authority established by God which we are obliged to obey (Romans 13:1-2) or be punished. When I then traced down the history of all the churches, the only ones that qualified were the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches. And when I found that a council of the Church declared that the Patriarch of Constantinople had the first place of dignity and authority "AFTER" the Bishop of Rome, meaning second only to the Pope, that decided me, and I screwed up my courage and went and asked for formal catechism in Catholic doctrine. I discovered that what I had been told by Non-Catholics about the Church's "false doctrines of idolatry and paganism" were not true, and had never been true, but corresponded to everything I could find in the Bible about the true Christian faith, I was convinced, that this was the most Biblical Church on the face of the earth. Jesus himself had had Judas who betrayed him. That did not invalidate his teaching and his Person. The Catholic Church has had betrayers as well, but that did not and does not change or invalidate the doctrine. So it simply meant that Jesus had kept his promise to be with us to the end of Time, to send the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth forever, that obedience to the legitimately ordained and consecrated heads of the Church is also obedience to God, and that all of the documents and official Catechisms of the Catholic Church are honest and true and in harmony with the Bible. And every time I was offended enough to think about leaving, I remembered the "proofs" I had originally found in the Bible itself, which testified in the plain and obvious literal sense of its words, that the Catholic Church is the one true Church of God, and that all who have been baptized are themselves already members, even if they don't know it, because they belong to Jesus Christ as members of his one Body, even if that unity is not visible. I have found nothing wrong with the actual official teaching of Catholicism, especially when I dug deeply to be sure one way or the other, and most especially when it constantly and unchangingly says that salvation comes only through Jesus Christ the only-begotten incarnate Son of God as a free and unmerited gift from God the Father by God the Holy Spirit. If it did not teach this, I would not be Catholic. This should be enough for now.

Please consider what I've said here. Semper Fi! --Dataclarifier (talk) 15:06, 17 October 2017 (EDT)