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Welcome to A Storehouse of Knowledge, the encyclopædia with a biblical worldview.
Wise people store up knowledge (Proverbs 10:14, NIRV)

Aims

We aim to provide a general English-language encyclopædia (or encyclopedia, if you prefer) with the following features:

  • A Storehouse of Knowledge has a biblical worldview as a basis. No encyclopædia is neutral, despite what it might claim (see more at right). We are up front in declaring our foundational assumptions.
  • We want A Storehouse of Knowledge to be family-friendly (no smut, and a careful approach to sensitive topics).
  • A Storehouse of Knowledge is intended to be suitable for students doing research.
  • We aim to have original content. With one exception, we do not allow content to be copied from Wikipedia or elsewhere.[1]
  • We strive to avoid bloat in articles. If articles get too large, we will move large sections to a separate article and leave brief summaries of those sections in the main article.
  • We aim to provide a pleasant, fair, and democratic environment for contributors.

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Kottakkavu Church of St. Thomas, North Parur, India.
Photograph by 'Koshyk'

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New article: Natural number

The natural numbers are the numbers 0 1 2 3 ... and are represented in mathematics by the symbol , although whether or not 0 is considered a natural number is disputed.

Rewritten article: Compiler

A compiler is a computer program which translates source code written in a high-level programming language into some lower level programming language.

Examples of high-level programming languages include Ada, Algol 60, Basic, C, C++, COBOL, Fortran, Java, Lisp, PL/1, and Prolog.

New article: Extended Backus-Naur Form

Extended Backus-Naur Form (or EBNF) is an extension of Backus-Naur Form. The main purpose of BNF and EBNF is to provide a precise definition of the syntax (grammar) of programming languages. EBNF is more precisely defined than BNF, and is generally easier to use and understand, although they are equivalent in that they have the same expressive power.

Is this an encyclopædia about the Bible or Christianity?

No. This is an encyclopædia about the universe we live in. We will have articles about a broad range of topics, just like other encyclopædias.

What makes this encyclopædia different from encyclopædias such as Britannica and Encarta are the foundational assumptions we make, which are different from the foundational assumptions they make.

But isn't an encyclopædia supposed to be neutral?

Encyclopædias like Wikipedia claim to be neutral, or at least to try to be, but we know of no encyclopædia which truly is neutral.

Consider this: One out of three people in the world consider themselves Christian[2], which in principle means that they believe what the Bible says, and the Bible says that God created the world. Indeed, anecdotal reports say that in China, home of up to 100 million Christians[3], becoming a Christian is equated with "giving up Darwin". In the United States, despite evolution being taught in schools for over half a century, still nearly half of Americans believe that God created man, as opposed to man evolving from something else. Even in Britain, home of Charles Darwin, a 2009 poll showed that over half the population had doubts about evolution and about one third of the population believed that God created the world within the last 10,000 years.[4]

And it's not only the general public. Although belief in evolution is much higher among those who have been indoctrinated with it in university, there are still over 100,000 scientists world-wide who reject the evolutionary explanation. And this is despite widespread suppression of alternative views and even efforts to deny believers of alternative views positions in academia.

So how neutral are the major encyclopædias? Whether you look at Britannica, Wikipedia, World Book, or Encarta, they all present the naturalistic evolutionary explanation as true, without mentioning the possibility of God creating. Presenting one view whilst ignoring the major and widespread opposing view is not being neutral.

See Encyclopaedias and neutrality for a more detailed explanation of this.

Knowledge verse of the week

Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence; rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.Proverbs 19:25 (NIV)

  1. Contributors are in some cases allowed to copy from their own material on other web-sites.
  2. http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html
  3. http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/Wh_68.html
  4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/4410927/Poll-reveals-public-doubts-over-Charles-Darwins-theory-of-evolution.html
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