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The Internet began as the ARPANET during the cold war in 1969 It was developed by the US Department of Defenses DOD research people in conjunction with a number of military contractors and universities to explore the possibility of a communication network that could survive a nuclear attack It continued simply because the DOD its contractors and the universities found that it provided a very convenient way to communicate In 1990 HTML a hypertext Internet protocol which could communicate the graphic information on the Internet was introduced Each individual could create graphic pages a Web site which then became part of a huge virtual hypertext network called the World Wide Web WWW The enhanced Internet was informally renamed the Web and a huge additional audience was created Wendell 1997 With this audience came new ideas and concepts on just about any topic One such topic was religion Religion is a system of symbols that acts to establish powerful pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in people Angrosino The blending of the WWW and religion has created an explosion of information for all beliefs This information explosion has been blamed for causing religion splint offs Wright The WWW should not be blamed for starting all-modern splint offs but should be also commended for providing extensive religious information sites For instance wwwreligion-onlineorg was developed to provide an extensive library of hundreds of entries presenting many different points of view but all written from the perspective of sound scholars Fore 1999 This web site lets professors and the general public learn about any religion The quest for knowledge is universal and this web site fulfills that quest Most sites that solely provide information are not to blame for these so-called religion splint offs Since January 1 1999 more than 30000 visitors from 76 countries have downloaded more than 100000 documents from wwwreligion-onlineorg including inquiries from more than 400 colleges universities and schools of theology Fore 1999 I
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