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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. For the Democratic Party's media mouthpiece, go to CNN. For the Republican Party's media mouthpiece, 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.

The link-preview script should also work with links to Twitter posts and TikTok posts and YouTube videos.

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.

I Want It!

How to install WorldNext - Link Preview on my own website

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>

 

How to install WorldNext - Link Preview on every website

You can also install our browser extension into your web browser so that all websites that you visit can have our link preview functionality available for you. Simply click the icon for your browser below.

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.

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 there a question to which you all would give the same - or almost the same - answer?"

I certainly can't speak authoritatively for the opinion of anyone other than myself, but it seems to me that everyone can easily be convinced to agree that if something is, then it is; and also that nothing can both be and not be at the same time and in the same way. In other words, the Laws of Logic are valid. An interesting point to note, however, is that holding to the Laws of Logic can only be rationally justified under Christian assumptions.
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"Can non-Christian views be internally consistent?"

Non-Christian worldviews cannot be internally consistent. While the above statement is true, proving it is a different matter. However, its truth follows from the basics of the Christian faith. Since, in Christian theology, the Christian God is understood to be necessary, any deviation from that which is necessary would be impossible, entailing a logical contradiction.
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"It seems when we examine real objects close enough, they become illusory at the quantum level. Also, the self seems to be an illusion in the strictest sense. Yet it is also real since it exists. What is the difference between reality and illusion?"

Both "reality" and "illusion" are simply words. As words, they carry the definitions that their speakers intend for them to have, and that their listeners read into them. What this means is that "reality" and "illusion" both have multiple meanings, and their definitions in a particular circumstance must be determined by context. For example, I could say that my brother is real, a part of reality. I could say that Tom Sawyer is not real.
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