We have had a number of questions that have far more to do with history than they really do with Christianity or doctrine.

Should these be on topic?

Some examples

What is our stance on the on topicness of these?

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Christianity is a historical religion. Prohibiting historical questions is going to mean prohibiting practically all but the most abstract discussion of Christianity.

So yes, in my view, history questions should be on-topic.

  • A historical religion could be read as offensive, couldn't it? As out of date. Aug 31, 2011 at 17:48
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    I don't think it's offensive, nor do I think it means "out of date." I've heard Chrstianity called "historical" by countless authors and speakers, and their meaning is that it is based in history--as opposed to "made up on the spot" somewhere. To me, the historical aspect of Christianity is one of the strongest evidences that it is true, and therefore exactly the opposite of offensive.
    – Flimzy
    Aug 31, 2011 at 20:50
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    The narrative sweep of the Bible is called "salvation history."
    – user116
    Sep 1, 2011 at 3:00

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