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WorldNext - A Link Preview Script

Ever wonder what's on the other side of a link, but you don't want to click on it to find out? WorldNext - Link Preview will let you know.

Using this link-previewing software, regular links display a summary of their destination when the user hovers over them. This script can be installed on your own website so that every user who visits your site can experience it; or you can install the browser extension, enabling the links on every site you visit to have a preview state just for you. And, if you put it on your own site, don't worry -- your users can easily turn it off for themselves any time they like without affecting the experience of other users.

WorldNext - Link Preview at work

Sample Behavior

Here is a link to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and here is a link to an online Qur'an. Here is a link to the comparative religion site, the God Contention. If you want to know about Biblical, 6-day creationism, Answers in Genesis cannot be beat. To find out what Trump has done wrong, go to CNN. For news on what Trump has done right, take a look at Fox News. A site offering an excellent, encyclopedic Christian apologetics catalog is theologetics.org, and, of course, everyone seems to like Wikipedia.

WorldNext - Link Preview is perfectly compatible with Faithlife's very popular Reftagger script. To demonstrate this, their script has been included on this page, and I've added these plain-text Bible references that Reftagger should automatically turn into links with hover popups, and WorldNext - Link Preview should then totally ignore these links. Some favorite Bible passages include John 3:16, Romans 8:28, and 1 Cor 13:1.

In addition, WorldNext - Link Preview is also compatible with our own Inline Qur'an script, a script that is conceptually very similar to Reftagger, which is also included on this page. To demonstrate this, we have some references to the Qur'an, like Surah 2:12 and Surah 5:19.

How to Install

To put the WorldNext - Link Preview script on your website, simply add the following line of code before any other scripts on the page.

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://presuppositions.org/software/worldnext/link-preview/client.min.js" ></script>

Tips and Tricks

While we've tried to make it just work, out-of-the-box, you may find that it isn't perfect. It may add a preview to something you don't want it to add a preview to, or else it may fail to add a preview to something you want a preview on.

Exempt a Link

To make sure a particular link or sent of links (like your main menu, for example) do not have a preview box show up, there are several options.

  • Wrap the link or links in a <menu> element. Any <menu> element on your page will be ignored.
  • Any element with a class of worldnextExclude will also be ignored, along with any links inside it.

Include a Link

If a link is not being given a preview popup, yet you want one on it, try adding the class worldnextInclude to it, or to any wrapper element containing it.

There are some known websites that currently do not function properly with WorldNext - Link Preview. Notably, these include Amazon and YouTube. For the time being, WorldNext - Link Preview will not display any preview for these sites, no matter what you do. We hope to be able to include links to these very popular sites in the near future.

World Religions and Cults (volume 2)

In Printed Form

Along with numerous other authors including Don Landis, Bodie Hodge and Roger Patterson, Timothy McCabe contributes analyses of various world religions and cults in this volume from Master Books.

Other Writings

"Is the Bible true?"

Every worldview, when reduced to its most basic fundamentals, requires self-attestation, or, in other words, a "circular argument". Such arguments are necessary for every worldview. For example, a rationalist (someone who accepts reason as the supreme authority) can only attempt to justify his reliance on reason by... using reason. Christianity, likewise, has a supreme authority, and that authority is God. He has given us His Word and told us to use it as our basis for understanding.
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"If God condemned people to Hell because of free will, yet He wanted to save them, would that mean He isn't capable of saving them?"

If "free will" means that the activities of the human will are not in any way caused by the God who created the humans, then humans do not have free will. The idea of a God who causes people to exist, which people then in turn cause events to occur, and said events are not in any way caused by the aforementioned God, is completely incoherent. I cannot answer the question, because as I understand it, it is meaningless.
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"Leonard Woolly (etc) found that the flood was local and hit only 4 major cities. This matches the Quran; only the disbelievers of Noah's time were punished. So yet again archeologically the Bible has been proven false. Are you still a Christian?"

If the Biblical flood actually happened the way it is described in scripture, then in the words of Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis, we would expect to find "billions of dead things buried in rock laid down by water all over the earth". And, this is exactly what we find. Even Mt. Everest, debatably the tallest mountain in the world, has marine fossils at its peak. Is it possible to explain individual fossils apart from the flood of Noah? Certainly it is.
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