Suggest banning as a tag, since the word "church" is used for two separate purposes in the New Testament. So, instead of "church", how about:

  • see Matthew 16:18:

    And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

  • see Matthew 18:17:

    If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

In this way it is always clear which of the two distinct meanings is meant.

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    I understand where you are coming from, but I don't think that's a good solution. The terms aren't going to be well-enough understood by questioners to use them correctly. But there might be better names. Sep 8, 2011 at 14:48
  • @DJClayworth - yeah, I'm not completely happy with banning such a well known word as "church". I'm open to better suggestions. Sep 8, 2011 at 14:54
  • I'd be interested in a rough survey of how many questions use the tag in each sense; and how many use it without distinguishing between the two. Sep 8, 2011 at 15:06
  • You should post your suggestion as an answer rather than include it in the question. That way we can vote on your question and suggestion seperately
    – wax eagle
    Sep 8, 2011 at 15:12
  • I haven't fully thought through my answer yet. Sep 8, 2011 at 15:20
  • For information I looked at the church tag: it has 12 questions. 9 are clearly about local churches or denomination; 2 are about the church-universal (one is about both); one is specifically about denominations and one is about church buildings. Sep 8, 2011 at 15:22

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I suggest removing the 'church' tag and replacing it with three tags:

  • church-universal
  • church-local
  • church-building

I suggest 'church-universal' and 'church-local' rather than 'universal-church' and 'local-church' so that they come up as suggestions when the questioner starts to type 'church'. I prefer 'church-universal' to 'church-global' because I think it's a more frequently understood term. Programmers will understand the difference between global and local, but most people won't.


Just to add something else which shouldn't be forgotten:

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    we might also want to consider banning church-turing-thesis
    – Peter Turner Mod
    Sep 8, 2011 at 18:32
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    I think those concepts/terms (which I know and use but with the second two having entirely different scopes ;) should be reserved for answers with explanations. I don't expect them to scope site questions for visitors. If you see questions that could benefit from such a breakdown feel free to propose them again then.
    – Caleb
    Sep 8, 2011 at 19:23
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    Can we also ban church-charlotte? Sep 8, 2011 at 19:29
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    @djc, I think she banned herself
    – Peter Turner Mod
    Sep 8, 2011 at 19:31
  • @PeterTurner: Touché
    – Caleb
    Sep 8, 2011 at 19:53

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