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Encyclopedia > Ship of Fools (website)

Ship of Fools is the name of a UK-based Christian website, which was first launched as a magazine in 1977. The magazine folded in 1983, and was resurrected as a website on April Fool's Day, 1998. Subtitled "the magazine of Christian unrest", Ship of Fools pokes fun and asks critical questions about the Christian faith, "which we love but also question". The site is partly a magazine and partly a web community. As a noun, Christian is an appellation and moniker deriving from the appellation Christ, which many people associate exclusively with Jesus of Nazareth. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April Fools Day or All Fools Day, though not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

Ship of Fools was founded and is edited by Simon Jenkins (editor) and Stephen Goddard (co-editor). Jenkins is an author, designer and cartoonist from London, while Goddard is a journalist and public relations consultant; both have formal theological education. They also perform a show, Ship of Fools Live, in churches, universities and elsewhere, with excerpts from the site's featured content (see below). The show toured in the USA in February 2004. An Editor is a person who prepares text—typically language, but also images and sounds—for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it. ... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... Public relations is, simply-stated, the art and science of building relationships between an organization and its key audiences. ... Theology is literally rational discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, rational discourse). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → // February 29, 2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as president of Haiti and flees the country for the Central African Republic. ...

Some notable features of Ship of Fools are:

  • The Mystery Worshipper—Reports on churches made by users of the site. The intention is that churches can find out how they appear to outsiders.
  • Discussion Boards—Where registered members can debate issues. The boards are divided by theme. There are currently 10 boards which are permanent fixtures. These are:
    • The Styx—Ship's News, Announcements and Deck Swabbing
    • Heaven—Idle Creativity and tangents
    • Purgatory—Space for serious debate
    • Hell—Asbestos Underwear recommended
    • All Saints—Ship of fools unplugged
    • Ecclesiantics—The rite stuff
    • Kerygmania—The bible and why it doesn't apply to me
    • The Circus—Get your game on here
    • Dead Horses—The old nag's derby
    • Limbo—Where deserving threads go when they die

Other temporary boards sometimes are opened such as Tits N Testicles (Dealing with Sexuality) and The Laugh Judgement (Looking at Religious Humour). Unusually, the code of conduct can vary by board but all are held to The Ten Commandments (the rules which govern the boards) but slightly more leeway is given on the Hell board than others. The boards have been praised for the amount and variety of discussion they generate.

  • Gadgets for God, Fruitcake Zone, Signs and Blunders—Humour sections, showing examples in the Christian world of, respectively, kitsch products, strange websites and weird church signboards and unfortunate slips of the tongue.
  • Columnists—Various people writing about various topics, with an emphasis on the bizarre, though usually with a genuine point and not just for comedy value.

Activities sometimes leave the site to take place in the real world. There are frequent Ship Meets, where shipmates get together at different locations around the world, and Ship of Fools also ran a Ned Flanders Night at the Christian festival Greenbelt Nedward Ned Flanders is a character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... The Greenbelt festival is the largest Christian arts and music festival in the world, taking place annually in England during the last bank holiday weekend in August. ...

The site is completely free (there used to be a charge for registration, but no longer) and is funded by advertising and donations to the Organ Fund.

Ship of Fools' most recent project was Church of Fools, a unique 3D online interactive church. Church of Fools is the UKs first web-based, 3D church, which opened as a three-month experiment on May 11th 2004. ...

Most recently on the bulletin boards, "The Laugh Judgement" was run, a competition to find the most offensive and funny Christian jokes

External links

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Ship of Fools - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (307 words)
Ship of Fools (Narrenschiff), a 1494 satire by Sebastian Brant
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Ship of Fools (website) - definition of Ship of Fools (website) in Encyclopedia (418 words)
Ship of Fools is the name of a UK-based Christian website, which was first launched as a magazine in 1977, on April Fool's Day, no less.
Ship of Fools on the internet was commenced, and continues to be edited in their spare time, by Simon Jenkins (editor) and Steve Goddard (co-editor).
Jenkins is an author and broadcaster; Goddard is a public relations consultant; both have formal theological education.
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