I ask this question on Area51, but I have re-posted here since this site is now open...
For example, here in the USA, there are many evangelicals that do not consider Mormons to be Christian, even though (some) will argue against that intensely. And there are a (small) minority of Protestants that do not consider Catholics to be Christian, as I imagine there some very few Catholics who do not consider Protestants to be Christians in return.
My question is, is this site going to be all inclusive? Will a question about Book of Mormon be answered along side of everything else? Would that be off topic or no? Thoughts?
Any topic about Christ-centred faith must be welcomed here. There is absolutely nothing to be gained by trying to ban any topics that don't meet our personal doctrinal standards.
Some of the reasons are as follows:
The site is called "Christianity", not "Evangelical Christianity", "Trinitarian Christianity" etc. We must remain true to this title. You're welcome to start a new proposal over at Area 51 if you feel the need.
This site isn't a Church - it is a web site. It doesn't need a single unifying doctrinal position. It just needs people who are prepared to respect each other's point of view even if we don't agree with them. If we can't handle a little disagreement, the site is doomed anyway.
As a community, we'll never all agree on what constitutes "real" Christianity. The only way forward is to welcome all perspectives and find ways to manage out differences. Appropriate tagging is most important in this respect, and works well on other SE sites.
Even if we try to exclude ideas that are based on doctrines we don't agree with, people who hold those views will post here anyway. For the health of the site, we need to embrace this inevitability rather than try to suppress it.
Many of us would be interested in developing a better understanding about groups that we consider "heretical". This will only be possible if we actively encourage posters from these groups to participate here. Handled properly, this can lead to growing clarity regarding our own doctrinal position, and will help us to build bridges across our doctrinal divides.
I can't see how we could reasonably deny Mormons (or Jehovahs Witnesses) the right to ask questions, insofar as they have something to do with spirituality and not disaster preparedness.
I'm a Catholic and I really don't know what to expect. I don't think many of the people who have committed to this site are Catholic as well. As long as we treat each other with the utmost respect, avoid flamebait, and answer honestly - with prudence - we'll have ourselves a good time.
However, I think there might be a total gray area when we get to asking questions regarding evangelization and proselytizing - probably fodder for another meta question.
I think it'll be important for answers to be focused on the questioners point of view. Questions about the Book of Mormon should be based on answers from the Book of Mormon. Questions specified as targeting Catholics can draw upon the Bible and Catechism for answers.
As long as the answerer's source is something the questioner would believe in, it's a potentially correct answer. Even if others may disagree with it.
I'm not sure how differing answers should be handled, though. As long as they're based on some form of Christianity truth, I don't think they should be deleted. Maybe differing views should just be comments to prevent having popular beliefs drowning out the questioner's answer?
I believe that this site is for everyone that claims he is Christian. Don't forget that any denomination claims that has the truth, and considers anyone with different doctrinal opinions as non-christian. A variety of answers from the bible gives the opportunity to everyone to decide within his heart what is correct.
I also believe this site is for everyone that is of a Christ-centric faith. However, questions that go beyond the scope of the 66 books of the Protestant Bible may be open to some controversy, in regards to on-topic relevance. This is part of what the Private/Public Beta phases of the SE site-building process is for.