Okay, I may ask questions at time which are odd or a little out there. I do this because these are real questions that some people have about Christianity - even if they are not my own questions / beliefs. If you look at the Islam.SE, you'll see people answering questions which are just as odd in regards to their religion. Questions where if they were about Christianity and on this SE, they would be attacked.
My point is, sometimes it appears that the purpose of Christianity.SE is to validate one's personal beliefs and not truly focus on questions about Christianity.
- Is this site only for "mainstream" as Affable Geek points out?
- Are we defining what Christianity is and what topics can be discussed in Christianity?
- Should we shut the door on questions that may have alternative views of Christianity?
I understand that some of it has been discussed here but I think we've lost focus of that discussion. Specifically this: "Many people are likely to come to a site like this with difficult questions they are struggling to answer or resolve in their personal faith."
Another quote from that question:
For this site to work, it needs a definition that includes groups who call themselves Christian even if we personally believe that their members have misappropriated the label. One reason for this is that we need to be able to ask and answer questions about doctrines that we don't agree with, practices we abhor and groups we would never join. We're not here to judge them, only to understand them and to share our expertise with others.
For the purpose of this site, then, the topic of Christianity includes any question that pertains to any faith that is puts the person of Jesus Christ front-and-centre. This will include a wide range of beliefs and practices to which many of us do not subscribe - but that shouldn't stop us asking questions about them nor providing answers where we are experts in a particular topic. For the purpose of this site, a question is on-topic if it pertains to a Christ-centred world-view, even if the Jesus at the heart of that world-view is a stranger to our own personal view of faith and the gospel.
This means that our personal definition of Christian may be much narrower than the one that defines this site. That is fine and proper, too.