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As a superdirectory, the Christian Web Site is well worth a bookmark. Starting in 1995 as Best of the Christian Web, the site now lists more than 81,000 sites, one of the largest such directories.

But you’ll have to take some of it with a grain of salt. More on that shortly.

The lively, well-organized homepage starts with founder Jeff White’s recommendations, including software reviews, blogging tips and a free e-mail service. But the heart of the site is the directory of links in 24 categories — from Apologetics to Chat Rooms to News to Software.

You can look up churches nationwide. You can learn Christian answers to questions from atheists, Muslims and others. You can see who is into paintings or films, dance or drama. It’s a mountain of information, but the directory helps in several ways.

Each site is rated by users on a 10-point scale, and there-s a separate list of the top-rated ones. There’s also a list of “Cool Links,” the top 1 percent. Finally, you can use a search window.

Some of the sites, in fact, are better than White’s own essays. A recent article notes, disapprovingly, Coca-Cola’s plan to include the crescent and star on products for sale in Muslim countries during Ramadan. Then White rants that Coke is “targeting the terrorist market.” Not a great show of Christian love or discernment, Jeff.

Another question mark: “Holy Land oil lamps” for sale. White says these old-looking lamps date from 200 B.C. to 100 A.D. He doesn’t say how he knows that, or why he would sell such artifacts for $69 each.

Christian Web site also has a large forum of message boards, with themes like movies, music, sports and politics. You have to register to write comments, but it’s free.

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Written by Jim Davis

September 24, 2008 at 2:54 am

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