"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 13:  March 31, 2000.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. TWO LISTS OF LINKS:  MOSTLY CHRISTIAN, MOSTLY REFORMED
2. MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER 5:  WEB ACCESSORIES
3. FINDING INFORMATION:  FAMILY-FILTERED SEARCH ENGINES
4. IT'S MAGIC:  THE "PICK A CARD, ANY CARD" KIND
5. CATI AND FAIR USE PROVISION OF U.S. COPYRIGHT LAW
6. REFORMED CHRISTIAN LITERATURE:  ANOTHER BOOK SOURCE
7. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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1. TWO LISTS OF LINKS:  MOSTLY CHRISTIAN, MOSTLY REFORMED
In this issue I have for you two lists of links to some
interesting Web sites.  Here's where you'll find the first
list:
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America:  Links
  http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org/links.html
The links in this useful list at the official Web site for the
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America were submitted
by the readers of the Covenanter Witness, a monthly magazine
of the denomination.  (As such, I presume that inclusion in
the list represents the suggestion of a reader rather than the
official endorsement by the denomination, so if you find any
links you don't like, don't blame the RPCNA!)   
Many of the Web sites listed are probably already familiar to
CATI readers, since they've been included in our own lists of
"Some Christian Web Sites" (see, for example, CATI, 1/7), but
some of the following links (and others) included in this list
at the RPCNA site may be new to you:
Science:
Biblical Creation Society
  http://www.pages.org/bcs/index.html
British publisher of Origins (and, earlier, Biblical Creation)
Reasons to Believe (Dr. Hugh Ross)
  http://www.reasons.org/about/index.html
Center for Scientific Creation (Dr. Walt Brown)
  http://www.creationscience.com/
Missions:
Mission Aviation Fellowship
  http://www.maf.org/
MAF Link
  http://www.xc.org/
Politics:
The National Reform Association
  http://www.natreformassn.org/
"The mission of the National Reform Association is to maintain
and promote in our national life the Christian principles of
civil government, which include...the following:  Jesus Christ
is Lord in all aspects of life, including civil government....
The civil ruler is to be a servant of God.... We believe that
the Bible requires...any nation, including these United
States, to confess the King of kings as its Lord."
"I Smell a Rat" (Dennis Woods)
  http://www.ismellarat.com/
"These immortal words were uttered by Christian Statesman
Patrick Henry when he refused his invitation to attend the US
Constitutional Convention in 1787....  Most Christians believe
that the US Constitution is a Biblical document from which we
have drifted and to which we must return. This web site
advances the counter argument (anti-Federalist) that the US
Constitution was from its inception an apostate covenant,
which broke the pre-existing colonial covenants with God."
Theological Resources:
Reformed Witness
  http://www.reformed.com/
According to the RPCNA list, this site is "one of the first--
and still one of the most expansive--sites run by RPs,"
representing the perspective of a denomination committed to
exclusive Psalmody (and to no use of musical instruments) in
formal worship.
C.H. Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
  http://www.netpath.net/~lasertee/chs_home.htm
    Free Devotional Subscription
      http://www.netpath.net/~lasertee/chs_home.htm#subscription
"We will e-mail to you each day's reading of C.H. Spurgeon's
'Morning & Evening.'  There is no cost to subscribe!  It is
FREE!"
Educational Institutions:  Study Centers
Echo Hills Christian Study Center (Dr. Jack Kinneer)
  http://www.wso.net/echohills/index.htm  
King's Meadow Study Center (Dr. George Grant)
  http://capo.org/kmsc/
Educational Institutions:  Seminaries:
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  http://www.gpts.org/
Included on the faculty:  Morton H. Smith.
Educational Institutions:  Colleges:
Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa)
  http://www.dordt.edu/
Christ College (Lynchburg, Virginia)
  http://www.christcollege.org/
Homeschooling:
Homeschool World (Mary Pride)
  http://www.home-school.com/
"The official site of Practical Homeschooling magazine and The
Big Book of Home Learning."
Home School Legal Defense Association (Michael Farris)
  http://www.hslda.org/
Online Magazines and Periodicals:  News
WorldNetDaily  (Joseph Farah, editor):  
  http://www.worldnetdaily.com/  
Described by the RPCNA list as "A Different View of the News"
and by itself as "A Free Press for a Free People," this site
--unlike World Magazine--does not have an explicitly Christian
perspective, although it does offer an interesting slant on
the news.
Online Magazines and Periodicals:  Commentary
First Things:  A Journal of Religion and Public Life
  http://www.firstthings.com/
Edited by Richard John Neuhaus, "First Things is published by
The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious,
nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is
to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the
ordering of society."
Book Dealers:
Presbyterian Church in America:  Christian Education and
    Publications:  Bookstore
  http://www.pcanet.org/cep/Bookstore/Bookstore.htm
"All prices are at least 20% off suggested retail."  Note the
new address (the one published in Covenanter Witness is no
longer valid).
As I said earlier, many (but not all) of the other links on
this list have already appeared in the "Some Christian Web
Sites" list published in CATI, 1/7.  There is, however, one
more important link on the RPCA list of links that we should
highlight now:
Covenant United Reformed Church:  Links
  http://www.covenant-urc.org/links.html
Described by the RPCNA list of links as "an unusually thorough
list of Reformed links," this list contains references to many
Web sites you may not have come across before.  You'll find
the following there:
  Reformed Web Sites
    http://www.covenant-urc.org/links/refwebs.html
  Other Web Sites of Interest
    http://www.covenant-urc.org/links/othrwebs.html
  Reformed Internet Discussion Groups
    http://www.covenant-urc.org/links/lists.html
This is the second of the "two lists of links" I wanted to
share with you this week.  Since I'm out of room for this
issue, we'll have to wait until next time to comment on some
of the sites included on that list.  In the meantime, you are
welcome to explore it on your own.  Enjoy!
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2. MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER 5:  WEB ACCESSORIES
If you're using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 (or 5.5) as your
Web browser, you may or may not be aware that Microsoft offers
a free package of eight utilities that work with its free Web
browser.
Here's where you can download the Internet Explorer 5 Web
Accessories:
Microsoft:  Internet Explorer 5 Web Accessories
  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Ie/WebAccess/default.ASP
(scroll down page for "Web Accessories from Microsoft")
Some of the utilities are more useful than others, but the
package may include some that you may find helpful.  Here's
the list of what they are and what they do (the descriptions
come from the review in ZDNet Windows Professional, although
I've rearranged them in alphabetical order):
"Image List
   Shows image sizes and download times for various connection
     speeds"
"Image Toggler
   Turns images on and off with greater speed"
"Links List
   Displays a window listing every link on the Web page"
"Open Frame in New Window
   Allows you to view a frame in its own window"
"Quick Search
   Lets you reach your search engine of choice faster"
"Text Highlighter
   Highlights text just as you would in Microsoft Word
"Web Search
   Allows for faster Web searches using keywords"
"Zoom In/Zoom Out
   Zooms in and out on any image on a Web page"
     --http://www.zdjournals.com/w9p/9909/w9p9991.htm
For more details, check out the following very helpful
descriptions and reviews:
Softseek.com:  Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 Web Accessories
  http://www.softseek.com/Internet/Web_Browsers_and_Utilities/Browsing_Tools/Review_23452_index.html
Stroud's CWSApps:  IE5 Web Accessories
  http://cws.internet.com/ie-ie5web.html
WinPlanet:  Web Accessories for Internet Explorer 5
  http://www.winplanet.com/winplanet/reviews/700/
ZDNet Windows Professional:  Web Accessories for IE 5
  http://www.zdjournals.com/w9p/9909/w9p9991.htm
Check it out!
By the way, CATI subscriber Dave Rastetter suggested this
resource.  (He gave me permission to mention him by name.)
Note that these Web Accessories work only with Internet
Explorer 5 or 5.5.  If you're using Internet Explorer 4, you
may want to check out the Internet Explorer 4 Power Toys:
  http://www.microsoft.com/ie/ie40/powertoys/
Enjoy!
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3. FINDING INFORMATION:  FAMILY-FILTERED SEARCH ENGINES
In the previous issue of CATI, I mentioned a helpful site if
you are looking for information about search engines (which
can assist you in locating material on the Web);
Search Engine Watch
  http://www.searchenginewatch.com/
In this issue I'd like to mention a specific page on that
site:
Search Links:  Kids Search Engines:  Major Filtered Search
    Engines 
  http://searchenginewatch.com/links/Kids_Search_Engines/Major_Filtered_Search_Engines/
As the title indicates, the page does provide links to "major
filtered search engines."  What do "filtered search engines"
do?  Here's the answer:
"Filtered search engines allow you to search the entire
web rather than just through a handpicked selection of
kid-safe sites. Results are then filtered to remove possibly
objectionable material."
If you're an adult, don't stop reading because of the use of
the term "kid-safe."  Such search engines can be beneficial
to adults as well, since many adults prefer to have certain
"adult" material filtered out.
The point to note is that these search engines with "family
filtering" do search the entire Web, unlike most "Christian"
search engines, which usually do not search the Web itself
but simply a "directory" of selected safe sites.  (For a list
of some Christian search engines, see CATI 1/12.)
Use a "Christian" search engine to look for material on "John
Newton" (author of "Amazing Grace"), and you may come up with
little or nothing at all.  Use a general search engine (with
family filtering) to look for material on "John Newton," and
you are likely to come up with lots of interesting and useful
material.
For some of these sites, you need to turn on family filtering
before you do your search.  Here are links to the sites, along
with links to helpful related information on how they work:
Ah-ha.com 
  http://www.ah-ha.com/
Ah-ha.com:  About Us
  http://www.ah-ha.com/aboutus/
"ah-ha.com is the ideal search solution for clean, relevant,
targeted results. We have harnessed the power of artificial
intelligence to remove bad and offensive sites, and to make
Internet searches more relevant and useful."
AltaVista
  http://doc.altavista.com/
AltaVista Family Filter:  Frequently Asked Questions
  http://doc.altavista.com/help/search/family_help.shtml
AltaVista Family Filter Setup
  http://doc.altavista.com/cgi-bin/globalff.q?ref=http://www.altavista.com/
GO.com (formerly Infoseek)
  http://www.go.com/ or
  http://infoseek.go.com/
GO Network:  Search with GOguardian
  http://www.go.com/GoHome/modules/edit?ps_page=go_guardian&;ps_title=Search+with+GOguardian&ref=/
Lycos SearchGuard
  http://my.lycos.com/safetynet/safetynet.asp
Searchopolis (search the Web or search Microsoft Encarta)
  http://www.searchopolis.com/
Unless I've missed something, Excite's Magellan search engine
seems no longer to offer kid-safe "Green Light" searching,
contrary to the description at Search Engine Watch.  (Maybe
Search Engine Watch wasn't watching this particular search
engine carefully enough?)
Of the search engines listed, my preference is AltaVista (see
CATI 1/12 for some helpful tips on effective use of this
search engine), but you may decide that you like a different
search engine better.
And here are some additional family-friendly search engines
that I was able to find (although most if not all of these
seem to search directories of safe sites rather than search
the entire Web):
AOL Search Kids Only
  http://www.aol.com/netfind/kids/
Ask Jeeves for Kids!
  http://www2.ajkids.com/index.asp
(see my comments on this site in CATI, 1/7)
Awesome Library for Kids
  http://www.awesomelibrary.org/student.html
CyberSleuth-Kids
  http://cybersleuth-kids.com/
("An Internet search guide for the K-12 student")
Family Friendly Search
  http://www.familyfriendlysearch.com/
"You'll Search Yahooligans, AOL Kids, Kids Click, and Saluki
Search with just one click!"  
KidsClick! ("web search for kids by librarians")
  http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick!/
Kid's Search Tools
  http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm
Linkopedia Kid Zone:  Safe Web Sites for Kids
  http://www.linkopedia.com/kids.html
(directory search engine at bottom of page)
OneKey:  The Kid Safe Search Engine
  http://www.onekey.com/
SafeKids.com
  http://www.safekids.com/
SafeKids.com:  Child Safe Search Engines
  http://www.safekids.com/search.htm
SalukiSearch.com:  The Family Friendly Search Engine
   http://www.salukisearch.com/
Smart Zones
  http://school.edview.com/default.asp
"Start Smart" for K-5, "Super Smart" for 6/8, and "Senior
Smart" for 9-12.
Super Snooper
  http://supersnooper.com/
Super Snooper:  About Super Snooper
  http://supersnooper.com/AboutDisclaim.htm
TekMom's Search Tools for Students
  http://www.tekmom.com/search/
Yahooligans!:  The Web Guide for Kids
  http://www.yahooligans.com/
Zeek Search
  http://www.zeeks.com/search/ZeekSearch.asp
Unlike the sites mentioned earlier, these sites in general
are really primarily for kids and they search directories of
"approved" sites rather than the entire Web.
Caution:  even "kid-safe" sites may include content with which
many evangelical Christians would disagree.  Two examples of
this:  on such sites (1) Evolution is usually viewed as proven
fact rather than (at best) a debatable scientific hypothesis,
and (2) the gay/lesbian lifestyle is usually viewed as morally
approved sexual behavior (in contrast to the teaching of both
Judaism and Christianity that such behavior is condemned by
God, according to the Bible, which promotes repentance and
forgiveness in Christ).  (For more on this point, see my
comments on Ask Jeeves for Kids in CATI, 1/7.)
Some people find filtering very helpful; others find it less
so.  But if you are interested in a family-filtered search
engine (and if you recognize that no filtering system is
perfect), you do have a number from which to choose.  Happy
searching!
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4. IT'S MAGIC:  THE "PICK A CARD, ANY CARD" KIND
Since I was a young boy, I've had an interest in magic.  One
memory I have of my childhood is of my volunteering at a
county fair sideshow to have my head cut off by a magician who
had already demonstrated how well his guillotine worked with
vegetables.  (I don't think my parents were very happy about
my volunteering, as I remember, but I was up on stage before
they had opportunity to stop me.)
I volunteered because I knew it was just a "trick" (I had no
interest or belief in what is called "real" magic, black or
white--I was smart enough even then to know not to mess around
with that stuff) and I thought that by volunteering I could
learn how the trick was done.  Well, the blade came down, my
head was somehow still attached to my body (to the relief of
my parents), but I didn't learn how the trick was done (at
least at that time).
This kind of magic, of course, is very different from the magic
of witchcraft, Satanism, or "Magic:  The Gathering."  The magic
I found fascinating was not reality, but what everyone knew to
be "the art of illusion."  No one believed that the magician
really worked miracles.  It was understood that every "wonder"
that was performed had a natural explanation.  (That's why we
said to ourselves, "How did he do that?") 
Even recognizing this, some Christians object to this "pick a
card, any card" kind of magic because of its presenting
fiction as fact, but we allow that "pretending" in other areas
of life (novels and short stories, drama, movies, and so on).
Other Christians object to such magic because of its supposed
association with the bad kind of magic, but in my experience
the one is usually the enemy of the other (I think, for
instance, of Houdini's crusade against those who claimed to be
able to communicate with the dead).
I recognize that there are differences of opinion here.  My
own personal opinion is that the use of stage magic can be
justified on a Biblical basis, including its use to present
the gospel, but I respect those who do not hold to the same
position on this issue (just as I hope that they respect me
for holding to the position I do).
If you're interested in reading a defense of "gospel magic,"
you'll find one at this Web site:
Fellowship of Christian Magicians
  http://www.gospelcom.net/fcm/
Should a Christian Do Magic or Conjuring?
  http://www.gospelcom.net/fcm/domagic.html
And you'll find another at this Web site:
Andre Kole
  http://www.andrekole.org/
Andre Kole:  Magic and the Bible
  http://www.andrekole.org/magicbib.html
Andre Kole is associated with Campus Crusade for Christ and
is a superb magician.  His disappearance of the Statue of
Liberty trick is legendary, and he has acted as "creative
consultant" for David Copperfield, perhaps the best-known
of contemporary stage magicians:
The Magic of David Copperfield
  http://www.dcopperfield.com/
Andre Kole in his presentations presents the gospel in an
effective and impressive way.  I have some minor points of
disagreement with his theology (e.g., he views body, soul,
and spirit as three distinct entities, whereas I believe that
soul and spirit are essentially at most only two different
ways of looking at the non-physical component of man), but I
have a great appreciation for the way in which he uses magic
as a way to communicate the good news of Christ.
Kole is evangelical rather than specifically Reformed, but
there are Reformed people who "do magic."  (I remember, for
example, a fellow undergraduate student at Westminster
Seminary who performed magic on stage and bought from me some
hard-to-find magic books.  Why did I sell them?  Because the
tricks were too difficult for me to perform, and he would
put the material to better use.)
Here's a very interesting Reformed Web site, which includes
on it a magic trick you may enjoy:
Farese.com
  http://www.farese.com/
Johnny's Amazing Card Trick
  http://www.farese.com/trick/trick.htm
You'll find a variation of that magic trick plus another
magic trick at this site:
Trendy Interactive Magic
  http://www.new-life.net/interact.htm
If you explore that site more thoroughly, you'll discover
that it's a church site!:
New Life Community Church
  http://www.new-life.net/
New Life Community Church:  What We Believe
  http://www.new-life.net/beliefs.htm
I don't really know very much about the church, but I was
encouraged to read statements like the following at the
church Web site:
"Man's nature is corrupted, and he is, therefore, totally
unable to please God without being born again and renewed by
the Holy Spirit.... The Spirit convicts and draws sinners to
Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them
from the moment of spiritual birth, and seals them until the
day of redemption."
Incidentally, that "pick a card" card trick seems to be very
popular on the Web.  Here's where you'll find it on the site
of a Christian singles ministry:
A Singles Christian Network:  Magic Page
  http://www.singlec.com/fun/cards.htm
Because of different perspectives on the issue of magic, I may
be sticking my neck out in writing this article.  This time I
may really get my head cut off! <grin>
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5. CATI AND FAIR USE PROVISION OF U.S. COPYRIGHT LAW
I thought perhaps I should state explicitly that quotations in
CATI are in line with U.S. copyright law (and not a violation
of that law):
TITLE 17, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 107:
"Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the
fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by
reproduction in copies ..., for purposes such as criticism,
comment, news reporting, teaching..., scholarship, or
research, is not an infringement of copyright.  In determining
whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a
fair use the factors to be considered shall include (1) the
purpose and character of the use, including whether such use
is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational
purposes; (2) the nature of the copyrighted work; (3) the
amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to
the copyrighted work as a whole; and (4) the effect of the use
upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted
work."
CATI is a free weekly email newsletter with the purpose of
presenting "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching,
scholarship, or research" related to the area of Christians
and the Internet.  When copyrighted material is quoted, it
is limited in extent, and credit is given to the original
source.  If the material is taken from a Web site, the
address of that Web site is ordinarily provided.
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6. REFORMED CHRISTIAN LITERATURE:  ANOTHER BOOK SOURCE
I recently became aware of this Web site offering worthwhile
Christian books:
Reformed Christian Literature
  http://www.rclbooks.com/
"With RCL, you have over 300,000 new titles to choose from and
the ability to search the shelves of over 6,000 antiquarian
book shops across the country for used and out of print
titles. What that means is unbeatable selection and exhaustive
location services.... Our desire is to enable students,
pastors, teachers, home-schoolers, church members, and all
other high-density literature users to obtain the books and
resources they need at prices that will never hinder them from
using the finest materials available."
I have not at this point had direct experience with "RCL," so
if you've ordered from them, feel free to send an email to me
at cati@traver.org, sharing your thoughts.  Thanks!
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7. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
This is the thirteenth issue of a free newsletter devoted to
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