How To Contribute
Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Theonomy Wiki! Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our understanding of how God's law applies today. Check out the Introduction to Theonomy or the helpful list of Books and other resources. Also take a moment to read the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics, which describes a set of basic hermeneutic assumptions which we seek to employ here.
Who should contribute
If you are not in sympathy with Theonomy or Kuyperian Transformationalism, we request that you refrain from adding interpretive content, but you are welcome to contribute to improve pages' conformance to the structural mode of the wiki, correct grammatical errors, or to express dissenting opinions respectfully in the Talk/Discuss pages for any part of the site.
In order to gain an understanding of the method and structure which this site aims to achieve, please review some of the passages which have already been added. A good chapter to review is Genesis 2, which has some links to passage pages for a command and some principles.
Theonomy wiki can be conceptually divided into three parts. The Books of the Law are the backbone of the site. The books are divided into their chapters, and within each chapter, verses are grouped into passages which attempt to convey an atomic command or concept which can be categorized into topics and explained in terms of their place in the Functional Categorization of the Law.
Each passage page should contain a link to every immediately relevant topic.
For example, the passages which relate to marriage should all have links to the Marriage topic, and the Marriage topic contains links to every verse that relates to it. It is the same with the functional division of the law. Each passage page should have a link to its relevant Functional Division(s). In addition, every topic should have a link to it listed in the List of Topics.
Every topic should also contain links to closely-related topics. For example, Sexuality and Homosexuality are closely related topics, and should link to one another, so that a reader can easily obtain a complete picture of all related data.
While the site is in its beginning stages of development, topic pages and functional division pages will be long lists of links to passages. Later on, when the whole law has been combed and categorized, we will go back through every topic and generate a comprehensive explanation for the topic, exhaustively harmonizing all relevant verses, and providing multiple interpretations wherever Theonomists disagree about a passage.
Steps to contribute
If you have some interpretive content you want to add to a page...
If the interpretive content is either commonly acknowledged by Theonomists, or is advocated by a published Theonomist who you can cite, feel free to add the content. If you aren't sure whether the content is consistent with Theonomy and Theonomic thought, feel free to talk about it in the Talk/Discuss pages for the page in question, or ask about it in a forum about Theonomy (such as the Facebook group, Theonomy Q&A) before you post it. Having gained such confidence, feel free to post the content in the interpretation section for its passage, or in the relevant topic page.
- In the Chapter where the passage is displayed, convert a contiguous section of relevant verses into a link for a new passage page
- If the passage contains just one verse, you may link that verse independently and directly by clicking on the measuring scales near the verse.
- If the passage contains more than one verse, then hover over the arrow near the first verse to reveal a dialog for making a passage page spanning multiple verses. Type the number of the last verse in that dialog and press the "create" button to generate a page for those verses.
- Do not group non-contiguous verses into a single passage page.
- If you make a link to a passage which hasn't been linked before, use the full name of the book in your link (i.e. "Genesis" rather than "Gen" or "Gn").
- Save your changes, and click the newly linked passage to create the page and begin editing it.
- The template content will be added automatically. Modify the template content to match the specific details of the passage.
If you see an existing passage which is relevant to a topic, but the topic doesn't exist yet...
Double-check the List of Topics to confirm that the topic doesn't exist yet.
- If the topic exists,
- Modify the passage page to include a link to that topic and a justification for its inclusion in the topic, and
- Add that passage page to the topic (see instructions below)
- If the topic does not exist
- Modify the passage to include a link to the new topic.
- Add a link to the new topic to the List of Topics
- Create the page for the new topic
- In the new topic page, include the following:
- A link to the List of Topics
- A brief description of the topic
- A list of all relevant verses
- You may also include a Theonomic interpretation of the topic, taking into account the list of verses
If you want to put visible links when editing the page source, keep in mind the following:
We want our information to be useful in as many languages as possible. The site will automatically translate certain things, like page titles, if they are linked properly. So, instead of writing:
you need to write:
which will output like this:
Notice the initial colon(:) in the markdown above.
Adding a page to a passage
If you want a passage page to listed as being in some Category (e.g. "Murder") then you can use the category dropdown lists below the page editor to navigate to the topic you'd like to add, and select it for inclusion in the page you're editing.
If you see redundant topics (the same topic with two different names)
- . Read both topics to confirm that they are actually redundant.
- . Mention it in the Talk pages for one or both of the topics, or report it to an Administrator.
Two redundant topics should have their contents thoughtfully combined on one of the topic pages, and then one of the pages should be converted into a redirect to the page where the combined content will reside.
If two topics are very similar to one another, but they are not, strictly speaking, redundant, then they should contain links to one another.