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Nothing breaks down barriers, fills in trenches, or curbs animosity so well as working side by side towards a common goal
Nothing breaks down barriers, fills in trenches, or curbs animosity so well as working side by side towards a common goal
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This project attempts to increase interfaith interaction and cohesion by creating a crowdsourced study Bible. The website works like this: users are able to annotate the scriptures with their own insights, interpretations, as well as videos, music, books, or other relevant resources. These annotations will be publicly visible, and any registered member may then use them to enhance their own study. Results may be filtered by religion, author, medium, and so on.

By crowdsourcing Biblical commentary, everyword seeks to bring people of diverse faiths and perspective together in a common goal and allow them to support one another in the most basic of Christian habits—scripture study. The power of the project, we believe, is just this: Nothing breaks down barriers, fills in trenches, or curbs animosity so well as working side by side towards a common goal.

To get a hands-on feel for the site checkout our invision prototype.

Or join our facebook group.

It is important to note that if we fail to reach our goal, we will likely have to abandon the project. The existence of this site and the benefits of the interfaith collaboration it could offer depends strongly on a multitude of people catching the vision, supporting the site, and inviting others to do the same.

If you like the interfaith vision of this project please donate ten dollars so that we can make this website a reality! We need to raise 5,000 dollars so that we can hire a few programmers/web developers. 

Thanks for your help!

A more exhaustive description of the site: 

There are a multitude of study Bibles online offering impressive resources for anyone interested in exploring Greek and Hebrew etymologies and culture. I prefer using the Blue Letter Bible myself. But sometimes they feel a bit dry. They forget that the Bible and Bible verses have inspired art, music, poetry, philosophy, et cetera, from diverse religions and perspectives. There is a whole world of biblical reception that, for the most part, remains ignored. That's why we are creating on online, crowd-sourced, interfaith study Bible. We are interested in hearing anyone’s response to the scriptures—Jew, Gentile, Mormon, Atheist, Catholic, Muslim, anyone. We want to connect verses to sermons from Methodist ministers, U2 lyrics, the writings of early church fathers’, graffiti, and more. Anything that ties back to the Bible is welcome, which is why it is so important to generate a large and diverse following (think Wikipedia: the more followers there are, the more accurate and complete the information is). In that spirit, we invite you to invite others. Anyone you think may be interested.

The problem is that there is so much out there, it’s overwhelming. That's why we are crowd-sourcing the project. This will be a massively rewarding interfaith and interdisciplinary project. Perhaps the largest interfaith initiative of its kind.

everyword logo
everyword logo

We are crowd-sourcing the page because the project is too large for a select group of editors—even a large group of editors. Too much has already been written (painted, sung, etc.) in too many different venues. 

We are interested in everything from country music lyrics to the rabbinical tradition. 

What Wikipedia taught us was the power of hobbyists—people like you and me—to contribute to the knowledge base of the world. The problem with encyclopedias before Wikipedia was that they assumed the information they were looking for resided in professors and professionals. The truth is, we all have interests, hobbies, and passions. We all have things we observe, learn, and teach. Wikipedia brought the strength of both the professional and the layman together in a common goal, and now it is more comprehensive and more accurate than any encyclopedia has ever been. Just as Wikipedia revolutionized the way we think about encyclopedias, everyword will revolutionize the way we study the Bible. 

Our project is motivated by the power of a common goal. Our goal is to trace the influence of the Bible wherever we find it—any art, any denomination—and to tie it back into the verses of scripture that inspired it. The ultimate end of this project is a more enriched reading experience and a better understanding of just how influential the Bible has been to various cultures. 

mock up of a study page
mock up of a study page

Our project includes

  • An intuitive interface that easily allows users to access, filter, and add information 
  • An inclusive commentary section which allows users to add their own insights and access a multitude of responses from different perspectives and faith-traditions (this also includes access to commentary from ancient church fathers and contemporary scholars)
  • Extensive open-sourced bibliography for referencing materials regarding each verse, chapter, or book of scripture 
  • A helpful open-sourced maps-and-media section that automatically loads a map that marks any locations mentioned within the verse of scripture 
  • An organic picture and video collection of characters and events within each verse (this will also allow people to upload Bible films and artwork)  
  • Extensive, open-sourced footnotes 

Checkout our invision prototype to get a feel for our vision. It's really just a fancy powerpoint. Just click anywhere on the screen and clickable blue boxes will flash to navigate you through the site.

mock up of comments section on a verse
mock up of comments section on a verse

How the money will be used and incentives

Because the goal of this project is not to get people to donate money, our incentives are monetarily conservative. Instead of offering rewards, we're offering inclusion in the project on an intimate level. The truth is that the success of this project doesn't ultimately depend upon whether people are willing to offer a few bucks or not, but upon how well we can build a community of participants. 

We want to make sure all of your money goes towards the production of the website and if there is any leftover, it will be used to begin developing a mobile app. The website will be free to use and clean from messy advertisements. 

It is important to note that if we fail to reach our goal, we will likely have to abandon the project. The existence of this site and the benefits of the interfaith collaboration it could offer depends strongly on a multitude of people catching the vision, supporting the site, and inviting others to do the same.

The money raised from this campaign will go towards hiring programmers to build the site, as well as to purchase a domain free of advertisements. Naturally, the less money we raise, the more zig zagging we will have to undergo to reach our goal of a high caliber website. The more money, the easier our path to get there.  

Raising $5,000 will allow us to produce a functioning website. With $15,000, we will be able to work  quickly through the bugs found in the first iteration. And with $25,000 we can hire a programming firm to help produce a beautiful, easy to navigate, and highly functioning website and app for laymen and scholars alike. Whatever money we get from Kickstarter is going straight into building the best website we can. 

mock up of the media section on a verse
mock up of the media section on a verse

How we're planning to Maintain the site after it's built:

We ARE planning to eventually monetize the site beginning with Amazon referral links and then opening an in-site bookstore so that people can easily purchase reference books that interest them. The great news is that it will be entirely organic and allow us to avoid using ads. We will add this feature because we want the site to be self-sustainable. In other words, we don't want to keep asking people for money just to keep us going. To us, the money is a means to an end, not the end goal. Beyond that, the goal of this project is not monetary but cultural, religious, and communal. 

Meet the team

 Josh Sabey: Concept Artist

 Sarah Sabey: Design Editor

 Pete Anderson: IT Specialist

Risks and challenges

Won't people argue?

This seems to be people's biggest concern. We hope to allow people to interact and ask questions. However, we don’t want to permit any rude or disparaging remarks. Therefore, you will be able to decide if you wish to allow responses to your comments or not. If you do allow for comments, you will be able to approve every comment before it will be publically visible. If someone is rude or otherwise uncivil, you will be able to flag them and stop them from ever responding to your comments again.

Won't the website be fairly useless until we build a large following?

The site will be pretty enough and provide useful features from the beginning (maps, ancient and modern commentary from biblical scholars, etc.) to offer some initial value, as well as encourage outside participation. However, it is absolutely true that the more users we gain, the more valuable our website will become. That is an integral part of our business philosophy. Users generate value—that's why it will be free. To better understand this business model, view this Ted Talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration…

Is there danger in putting an Augustine scholar from Oxford side by side with a fundamentalist preacher from Alabama?

Absolutely. While we recognize the value in a variety of responses, we hope to service all crowds by creating an interface which easily allows you to choose and distinguish between scholarly commentary and everyday interactions with scripture. Contributors will be able to add credentials to their profile, which will then be checked and verified. Users can then filter their results to show only the sorts of responses interesting to them.

What makes you different from other study Bibles?

There are many online study Bibles, most of which are created and sustained by a particular denomination and therefore have limited appeal. Also, most other online study Bibles are not open-sourced and only explore one avenue of Biblical scholarship, normally contemporary scholarship. We are building an interfaith Bible open to any perspective. We hope to have contributors add references to devotional lyric poetry, classical literature, artwork, ancient and modern scholarship, etc. We also want our site to be beautiful and not cluttered like so many online study Bibles before it.

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    Because we would like our fundraising to match our product philosophy, we would rather be funded by many people giving a little than a few people giving a lot. We are only asking people to donate $10. If you love the interfaith vision of this product and want to give more, then share it with three specific friends of different faiths. Share your excitement with others. Our success is not only measured by the money we make but by the number and variety of people we can get invested in this vision.

    Everyone who donates anything will be included on the website as an original founder and will be able to contribute a 180 character epigram below their names capturing their vision for the site. You will also be added as a commentator on our webpage prototype where you will be able to help determine preferred design and function of the site as it is being built. You will also be given early access to the beta version of everword. And we will invite you to a 30 min dance party when we reach our goal! Nothing crazy, just 30 min of good music and low quality dancing.

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