"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 28:  July 14, 2000.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. REQUEST FROM THE EDITOR FOR PRAYER FOR THE EDITOR
2. BEST OF THE WEB: PC WORLD CHOOSES 64 SITES (AND 7 MORE)
3. BENJAMIN B. WARFIELD: MORE LIGHT FROM "OLD PRINCETON"
4. BUYING A COMPUTER: "THERE'S FAR MORE IN THE DELL"?
5. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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1. REQUEST FROM THE EDITOR FOR PRAYER FOR THE EDITOR
I hesitate to ask this publicly, but I regard CATI readers as
family, so I'll include this request in my opening comments.
After having successfully survived a fractured sternum and
unexpected prostate surgery, I am facing new medical problems
with which I am coping less well.  Your prayers for me at this
point would be much appreciated.  I mean that.
This is not the place to go into details (if you want more
details in order to pray more intelligently, send me a private
note and I'll provide them), but I should perhaps say here 
that although the causes of some of the symptoms have been
fairly well determined, the most severe symptoms have at this
point no clearly explainable cause.  That is, the doctors
think they know what is causing some of the symptoms, but they
do not know what is causing what's bothering me most, and I'm
finding it a bit "scary."  I can cope better with most things
than with the unknown.
Yes, I am reminding myself of the truths of Scripture (e.g.,
Phil. 4:6-7; Rom. 8:28, etc.), but I don't know if I could
cope with this situation if I did not know that good friends
and family were praying for me.  The Apostle Paul coveted the
prayers of his readers, and I covet your prayers as well.
Thank you for your intervention on my behalf at this time.
Warm regards in Christ,
--Barry Traver, Editor
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2. BEST OF THE WEB: PC WORLD CHOOSES 64 SITES (AND 7 MORE)
The "Top 100 Web Sites" was the topic of articles in the two
previous issues of CATI (1/26 and 1/27), but another useful
list of recommended general Web sites has recently appeared.
It's not the "Top 100," but it's the "Top 64" (or so), as PC
World sees it:
PC World: Best of the Web
  http://www.pcworld.com/current_issue/article/0,1212,17178,00.html
PC World divides its list into four major groups, each one
containing eight categories, with two sites for each category:
E-Commerce (Books & Music, Car Buying, Computer Goods,
    Electronics, Financial Services, Online Auctions,
    Shopping Agents, Travel Planning)
  http://www.pcworld.com/current_issue/article/0,1212,17178+2+0,00.html
Information (Career, Computing, Consumer Guides,
    Encyclopedias, Health, How-To, News, Personal
    Finance)
  http://www.pcworld.com/current_issue/article/0,1212,17178+3+0,00.html
Services (Communications, Free E-Mail, Online Storage,
    Portals, Schedulers, Search Engines, Webmaster Tools,
    Workgroup Tools)
  http://www.pcworld.com/current_issue/article/0,1212,17178+4+0,00.html
Recreation (City Guides, Entertainment, E-Zines, Games,
    Music, Personal Web Pages, Radio, Sports)
  http://www.pcworld.com/current_issue/article/0,1212,17178+5+0,00.html
That makes 32 categories, or 64 Web sites, but the PC World
article does suggest 7 additional sites:
Best of the Rest: The Near-Great and the Unique 
"Not every Web site fits neatly into our 32 categories.
And some are close runners-up to the sites we've chosen as
the best. Here are some other destinations we recommend
wholeheartedly."
  http://www.pcworld.com/current_issue/article/0,1212,17178+9+0,00.html
As before, note that these are general Web sites rather than
specifically Christian sites.  Many of them contain useful
information, but the content should be critiqued, of course,
as to its conformity to Christian teaching.  By God's "common
grace" (a term used by theologians to describe how God in His
grace allows even fallen mankind to produce at times things
of social good or usefulness), Christians may often benefit
from the handiwork of those who do not acknowledge Christ as
Savior and Lord, but it is still up to Christians to judge
where such productions are or are not in conformity to the
Christian faith.
In short, many of these sites should be helpful to Christian
and non-Christian alike, but Christians have a responsibility
in particular to test what they see, hear, and read on such
sites, judging everything by Biblical principles, since the
Scriptures are to be our guide for all of faith and life.
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3. BENJAMIN B. WARFIELD: MORE LIGHT FROM "OLD PRINCETON"
Princeton Theological Seminary before 1929 (sometimes called
"Old Princeton") was a great source of godly and academic
resources supporting evangelical Christianity in the Reformed
tradition.  CATI 1/20 included articles on two of the "greats"
at Old Princeton -- Charles Hodge and A.A. Hodge -- and this
issue of CATI goes to include some information on Benjamin B.
Warfield, another great Princeton professor worth getting to
know better.  (Changes at Princeton seminary led to the start
of Westminster Seminary, which seeks to continue in the "Old
Princeton" tradition of evangelical zeal combined with serious
academic scholarship.)
Here are two brief resources on the Web concerning the life and
contributions of B.B. Warfield:
Biography by Samuel G. Craig
  http://blessedhope.simplenet.com/bbwarbio.htm
Princeton Theological Review Obituary
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/BBW.htm
It is interesting that Warfield's contributions are recognized
not only by Presbyterians and those committed to the Reformed
faith and covenant theology, but also by other evangelicals in
different traditions.  For example, here are some comments from
a bookstore run by J. Ray Smith, who has a Master of Theology
from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of
Sacred Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary:
"Dr. Warfield, who at the time of his death shared with Abraham
Kuyper and Herman Bavinck the distinction of being one of the
three outstanding exponents of the Reformed Faith in the modern
world, ... graduated from the College of New Jersey -- now
Princeton University -- in 1871 and ... Princeton Theological
Seminary ... [in] 1876. After a year’s study at Leipzig,
Germany, and a short pastorate in Baltimore, he was appointed
instructor, and a year later professor, in New Testament
Language and Literature in Western Theological Seminary in
Pittsburgh. In 1886 he was called to succeed Dr. Archibald
Alexander Hodge as professor of Systematic Theology in
Princeton Theological Seminary -- the position which he held
until his death in 1921."
  http://www.ageofgrace.com/authors/warfield.html
J. Ray Smith continues his comments:
"Dr. Warfield early won recognition as a scholar, teacher and
author. He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the
College of New Jersey in 1880; that of Doctor of Laws from both
the College of New Jersey and Davidson College in 1892; that of
Doctor of Letters from Lafayette College in 1911; and that
of Sacrae Theologiae Doctor from the University of Utrecht
in 1913. He was editor of the Presbyterian and Reformed
Review from 1890-1903 and for many years thereafter the chief
contributor to the Princeton Theological Review. Dr. Warfield
was a voluminous writer as well as one of marked distinction."
  http://www.ageofgrace.com/authors/warfield.html
Warfield is perhaps best known for his defense of Biblical
inerrancy, but he wrote on many other subjects as well.  Here
are some articles by Warfield that you can find on the Web:
Apologetics
  http://www.reformed.org/apologetics/warfield_apologetics.html
Augustine & The Pelagian Controversy
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwpelagian.htm
Part 1: The Origin and Nature of Pelagianism
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwpelagian.htm#anchor246157
Part 2: The External History of the Pelagian Controversy
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwpelagian2.htm
Part 3: Augustine's Part in the Controversy
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwpelagian3.htm
Part 4: The Theology of Grace
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwpelagian4.htm
The Authority & Inspiration of the Scriptures 
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwauthority.htm
Authority, Intellect, Heart
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwaih.htm
The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/trinity.htm
A Brief and Untechnical Statement of the Reformed Faith
  http://www.reformed.org/calvinism/warfield_reformed_theology.html
    OR
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/warfield.htm
    OR
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/what.htm
    OR
  http://www.providenceopc.org/articlebriefuntechnical.html
    OR
  http://www.icehouse.net/pdnelson/warfield.htm
Calvin and the Bible
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/cb.htm
Calvin and the Reformation
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/cr2.htm  
Calvinism: The Meaning And Uses of the Term
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwcalvinism.htm
The Cause of God
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/warfield1.htm
The Cessation of the Charismata
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/miracle1.htm
The Children in the Hands of the Arminians
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/essays/children.htm
The Christ That Paul Preached
  http://blessedhope.simplenet.com/chapter3.htm
Christian Baptism
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/baptism.htm
Christianity & Our Times
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwourtimes.htm
Christianity and Revelation
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/cr.htm
Christianity The Truth
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwtruth.htm
Communion in Christ's Body and Blood
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/sermons/communion.htm
Darwin's Arguments Against Christianity & Religion
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwdarwin.htm
The Deity of Christ
  http://www.xmission.com/~fidelis/volume2/chapter10/warfield.html
The Divine and Human in the Bible
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/dh.htm
The Divine Messiah in the Old Testament
  http://blessedhope.simplenet.com/bbwarmot.htm
The Dogmatic Spirit
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwdogmatic.htm
Election
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwelection.htm
The End of the Incarnation
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/sermons/incarnation1.htm
Entire Sanctification
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwentire.htm
The Example of the Incarnation
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/sermons/incarnation2.htm
Faith & Life
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwfaithlife.htm
The Formation of the New Testament Canon
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/cannon.htm
The Foundations of the Sabbath in the Word of God
  http://www.gospelcom.net/thehighway/Sabbath_Warfield.html
The Fundamental Significance of the Lord's Supper
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/ls.htm
God's Providence Over All
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/providence.htm
Heresy & Concession
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwheresy.htm
The Historical Christ
  http://blessedhope.simplenet.com/bbwar-1.htm
The Human Development of Jesus
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/human.htm
Incarnate Truth
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/incarnate.htm
Inspiration
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/inspiration.htm
John Calvin The Theologian
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwcalvin1.htm
Jonathan Edwards and the New England Theology
  http://www.dallas.net/~trigsted/text/warfield.htm
Justification by Faith, Out of Date?
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwjustout.htm
The Leading of the Spirit
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/sermons/leading.htm
The Meaning of "Theopneustos"
  http://www.aomin.org/THEOPNEU.html
The Miracles of Rome
  http://www.credenda.org/issues/vol7/puri7-6.htm
Mysticism & Christianity
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwmysticism.htm
New Testament Puritanism
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/sermons/puritanism.htm
Our Seminary Curriculum
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwcurriculum.htm
Paul on Women Speaking in Church
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/paulonwomen.htm
The Person of Christ According to the New Testament
  http://blessedhope.simplenet.com/bbwar2ht.htm
The Plan of Salvation (the book)
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/pos.htm
Chapter 1: The Differing Conceptions
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/pos1.htm
Chapter 2: Autosoterism
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/pos2.htm
Chapter 3: Sacerdotalism
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/pos3.htm
Chapter 4: Universalism
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/pos4.htm
Chapter 5: Calvinism
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/pos5.htm
The Chart
  http://216.35.194.195/~Michael_Bremmer/chart.gif
The Polemics of Infant Baptism
  http://members.tripod.com/~Michael_Bremmer/babybap.htm
The Prodigal Son
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwprodigal.htm
The Purpose of the Seminary
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwsempurpose.htm
"Redeemer" & "Redemption"
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwredeemer.htm
Regeneration
  http://www.markers.com/ink/aabbregen.htm
The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Fact
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwfact.htm
A Review of Lewis Sperry Chafer's "He That Is Spiritual"
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwchafer.htm
The Rights of Criticism
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwcriticism.htm
The Risen Jesus
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwrisenjesus.htm
Sanctification
  http://www.markers.com/ink/aabbsanctif.htm
The Significance of the Westminster Standards as a Creed
  http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    OR
  http://www.covenanter.org/Warfield/significanceofwestminsterstandards.htm
Some Thoughts on Predestination
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwpredest.htm
The Theology of Grace (Part 4 of Augustine & The Pelagian
    Controversy)
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwpelagian4.htm
The Theology of John Calvin
  http://www.markers.com/ink/bbwcalvin2.htm
What Is Calvinism?
  http://www.gate.net/~mccoy/war_calvinism.html
    OR
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/calvinism.htm
What Fatalism Is
  http://incolor.inetnebr.com/stuart/fatalism.htm
Incidentally, Warfield's writings differ in difficulty.  If you
see a topic that interests you in the preceding list, give it
a try.  If it's not what you were hoping for, then try another
article.  I expect that you'll find a number of helpful items
in the preceding list.  Check them out!
Other than The Plan of Salvation, no entire books by Warfield
seem to be on the Web, but you can find descriptions of some
of B.B. Warfield's books at Amazon.com:
Biblical Doctrines (Banner of Truth)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0851515347/travertabletalk
Biblical & Theological Studies (title out-of-print?)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0875525253/travertabletalk
Calvin and Augustine (P & R edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0875525261/travertabletalk
Counterfeit Miracles (Banner of Truth edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/085151166X/travertabletalk
Faith and Life (Banner of Truth edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0851515851/travertabletalk
The Person & Work of Christ (P & R edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0875525296/travertabletalk
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit (Calvary)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1879737167/travertabletalk
The Plan of Salvation (Simpson edition, but also available
    online for free -- see above)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0962250805/travertabletalk
The Religious Life of the Theological Student (P & R edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0875525245/travertabletalk
The Saviour of the World (Banner of Truth edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0851515932/travertabletalk
Studies in Perfectionism (P & R edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0875525288/travertabletalk
Studies in Theology (Banner of Truth edition)
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0851515339/travertabletalk
If you're seriously interested in B.B. Warfield and in Reformed
theology, you may perhaps even want to consider signing up for
the Warfield mail list:
The Warfield List Homepage
"A mail list devoted to the discussion of Reformed Evangelical
Theology and dedicated to the memory of Princeton Theologian,
B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)"
  http://members.xoom.com/BBWarfield/index.htm
Enjoy!
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4. BUYING A COMPUTER: "THERE'S FAR MORE IN THE DELL"?
First, let me say that you should not be dissatisfied just
because you may not have the "latest and greatest" computer or
a particular brand of computer.  If a computer does what you
want it to do and you are satisfied that you are getting your
money's worth out of it, that's what is most important.
For example, Packard Bells (when Packard Bell was still in
business) did not have a great reputation as computers (in
fact, in every magazine survey I saw they ranked at the very
bottom), but we got a great price on a discontinued model of
Packard Bell, so we purchased it for my son to use at college.
It did what it needed to do, and the price was right, so it
was not an unwise purchase.  (What was unwise was my trying
later to upgrade that computer, but that's a different story!)
We've also had Gateways and have been much more satisfied with
them.  For years I have noted that in the review articles the
Gateway was usually near the top in the rankings, while the 
Dell was at the time, but I stayed with Gateway because of the
impression (right or wrong) that Dell was a bit "pricey," that
is, more expensive than what I wanted to spend.
Well, either prices have changed or my earlier impression was
incorrect, but Dell computers seem to be competitively priced
at the present time.  More important, they continue to do well
in review articles, including those articles that take customer
satisfaction into account.
One example is PC Magazine's June 28, 2000 article on Service
and Reliability:
PC Magazine, "Service and Reliability"
  http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/stories/reviews/0,6755,2594439,00.html
The report includes coverage of desktops, notebooks, software,
ISPs, and printers, but I'll restrict myself here to the area
of desktops, in case you are considering buying a new computer
for the home or office.  (If you're interested in the other
items, check the original article.)
Here are the results for desktops:
"Among the 16 desktop PC makers for which we've received at
least 50 survey responses (the minimum we consider sufficient
for statistical validity), Dell is the only one with an overall
grade of A, and it wins our Readers' Choice award."
  http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/stories/reviews/0,6755,2595277,00.html
And here's how the study was conducted:
"We let each reader rate a primary PC and up to two others used
in the past two years. In all, our readers report on 12,458
machines. To get an A grade, a manufacturer has to be above
average on four key measures: the number of units needing
repair in the past year, and satisfaction with reliability,
technical support, and repair experience. B's represent a
combination of above-average and average scores. C's represent
average scores, or a combination of above-average, average, and
below-average scores. D's represent average and below-average
scores, and E's are given for below-average scores on all four
measures."
  http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/stories/reviews/0,6755,2595277,00.html
Dell was the only company to get an A for overall use and for
home use.  (Packard Bell got a D in both those categories.)  No
company got an A for office use, but Dell was one of the B's in
that category.  It may or may not be entirely accurate to say
that "There's Far More in the Dell," but there seems to be a
general consensus (and not just the opinion of PC Magazine's
readers) that -- other things being equal -- Dell is a quality
way to go.
There is no perfect survey and there is no perfect computer.
If the computer you presently own is doing what you want it to
do, then there's no reason to change or to consider getting a
new computer.  (As I said, even a Packard Bell bought at a good
price may meet your needs very adequately.)
But if you are considering purchasing a new computer, you may
want to take a look at the company ratings in the PC Magazine
article as one factor (but not the only one) in your decision.
In particular, you may want to take a look at Dell as a serious
possibility (and if you're a teacher, check into their special
prices for educators).
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Copyright (C) 2000 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  For
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