Mission Statement:

The Stephen Charnock Project exists to create and make available a digital version of the work Discourses upon the Existence and Attributes of God (currently published as The Existence and Attributes of God).

The ultimate goal, of course, is to complete the entire work. However, if that is not achieved, whatever is completed will nevertheless be beneficial to others who would stumble upon the Stephen Charnock Project.

About the Project

The hard efforts of many people have brought rare Christian writings to the masses. I have benefited from the efforts of others, and for a long time I have been anxiously hoping and waiting for The Existence and Attributes of God to join the countless other great works of yesteryear on the internet’s endless bookshelves. To my knowledge, this book is not currently digitized, and I have not found anybody who is planning to do so. Therefore, I have decided to do my best to secure for Stephen Charnock his well deserved corner of the World Wide Web.

As of right now, this is a one person show, but I would joyously welcome the help of others. The process of adequately digitizing a book is quite daunting. Your help is both welcome and solicited. Here is a brief overview of the digitizing process.

  1. Scanning: The first step is to scan the book into the computer. Rather than scan the entire book before publishing any of it, I have decided to scan The Existence and Attributes of God by each individual discourse.
  2. OCR: After the scan, the file is run through OCR software, which sadly is not terribly accurate at interpreting a reprint of a 17th Century work.
  3. Initial Edit: Under the initial edit, the text is placed into a word processor, and basic formatting is completed. This would include making the font uniform, adding the footnotes, etc.
  4. Initial Publish: From the word processor, the text is turned into a XHTML 1.0 valid web document and is then published. Though there will most certainly be textual errors (which will hopefully be corrected), I think it profitable to go ahead and publish a draft.

    During the publishing phase, the draft may also be converted into other relevant text formats.

  5. Second Edit: During this phase, a more rigorous editing process is utilized. This phase seeks to square the digital file with the reprint as closely as possible. This will include marking original page breaks, adding textual variants where necessary (italics, bold, etc.), and a correction of spelling errors.
  6. Final publish: After the second editing phase, the work will be considered to be in its final stage. While errors may still exist, they will be significantly reduced.

I would invite your help at any of these stages.


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Raising the Bar

Not only do I want to bring Stephen Charnock’s excellent work to the internet, I also want to raise the bar for publishing old works on the internet. I am committed to ensuring that all pages on stephencharnock.com are served in valid XHTML to ensure the greatest web compatibility so that the works present on this site may easily be built upon.