The following, in alphabetical order, are some of my favorite places on the web. (The list is partially gleaned from Jonathan’s Canon.) I have a feeling that a list like this should be longer, but I haven’t recently spent a lot of time browsing the web, and therefore can’t tell of too many times I’ve found that rare gem buried under mounds of sand.
- The Bible Gateway
- A powerful and easy to use interface permits visitors to look up passages and perform keyword searches in several Bible translations (in English and other languages).
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- The Christian Classics Ethereal Library, available on CD-ROM, is a collection of numerous classic Christian public domain e-texts, a lifetime’s worth of reading. G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy is a good place to start. This site also has links to other sites hosting noteworthy Christian content.
- First Things: A Journal of Religion and Public Life
- After long and frustrated surfing through innumerable web pages looking for serious Christian thought, and finding pages that are among human thought what MacDonald’s is among foods, I found a First Things article entitled Abortion: A Failure to Communicatethat was a breath of fresh air and then some: it was serious, thought-provoking, and drew attention to facts that were important but not obvious. First Things is a good place to go if you want to chomp on conceptual meat.
- Free Find is a free search engine, and powers the search functionality on this site.
- The Gutenberg Project
- The Gutenberg Project makes numerous classic books available online. It is the place I go if I want to read something on my computer and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library doesn’t have it.
- A collection of research tools for searching web, newsgroup, dictionary, encyclopedia, phone directory, biography, quotation, …
- Leadership University
- Leadership University is a massive compilation of articles from First Things and other sites; it’s a good place to go and read and think. It was actually the place where I first found Abortion: A Failure to Communicate.
- The Onion Dome
- The Onion Dome is an online journal about the funnier side of Orthodoxy.
- Orthodox Church in America Saints: The Prologue
- The links in the Prologue are an excellent way to get a daily taste of the Orthodox tradition of biography as theology.
- Orthodox Circle
- This is an example of what community portals should be: practical, friendly, and a work of art. This one is for Orthodox Christians.
- Vote Smart
- For reasons elaborated by Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in an Age of Show Business, present American political discourse is a matter of show business, sound bites, empty phrases, and hard-hitting images — not rational arguments and positions — to the effect that most of what reaches us from the candidates is not helpful in choosing who to vote for.
When I asked around for websites that would cut through the circus and tell where candidates stand on issues, Vote Smart was reccommended to me. I am mentioning it, not to say that it’s better than other sites in the same category, but in hopes that people may use resources like this to get past TV showmanship, and vote based on where the candidates stand on the issues.
This category is for personal sites, including those of friends and acquaintances who publish real content, that I like. At the moment, it’s small (my best friend Robin’s site, for instance, has little besides a resume and some links), but I’m hoping that it will grow over time.
- Josh Wibberley’s Wolfhawke
- Wolfhawke is on this page because it contains fiction and some nonfiction — as well as having a nice look and feel. Josh is an American who grew up in Turkey and has lived in Germany, and we mesh well.