I notice that the most relevant questions to Christianity are put on hold or closed as being unclear when even a fifth grader could tell what is really being asked. So truth is smoothered, as rightly confessed by a 'higher-up' on the website. Christians come here wanting to know what is in christianity, to them its the ONLY shopping place for truth, but the website admits as 'unable to handle the truth'. So should a site that cannot handle the truth be labelled 'Christianity'?
All SE sites prohibit questions which are highly opinion based, and there's nothing people are more opinionated about than religion!
You say people come here wanting to know "what is in Christianity", but what is "Christianity"? There are over 40 thousands denominations and a dozen major branches of Christianity, and almost every topic will have some level of disagreement among those branches. Our solution is simple: require questions to specify which perspective they want answers from. No truth is being smothered, just organised into topics.
SE sites do not try to be all things to all people.
Plenty of other sites on the internet do. What SE sites try to do is make a favorable signal to noise ratio by posting questions of a limited scope and getting answers that are confined to the question. A favorable signal to noise ratio is something generally lacking on the internet. That means that there are limitations in scope here as a design imperative. This is consistent with SE/SO guidelines.
How Christianity.SE got to where it is today
If you go through the history of discussion on this meta, which shows how this site could conform to SE general principles, what this site will or won't do well to achieve a favorable signal-to-noise ratio was discussed in detail. It took a few years to better refine how to get it right. You'll see, if you work through the history, how the caretakers of the site arrived at how to:
- Rationally limit the scope of a given question
- Avoid opinion wars
Ever since the disagreement between Peter and Paul as documented in Galatians, Christianity has had its share of opinion wars -- to put it mildly. That has not changed recently. It is not Christianity.SE's aim to simply add more noise than is already echoing around the internet.
This site is for the academic study of religion (and that is narrowed to specifically Christianity). Believers can certainly find that useful, but the topic is to be approached unemotionally, much like the sciences study their topics without attachment. This is a study with your mind, whereas a study for truth is a study with your heart.
Religious studies, alternately known as the study of religion, is the multi-disciplinary academic field devoted to research into religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions. It describes, compares, interprets, and explains religion, emphasizing systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives.
While theology attempts to understand the nature of transcendent or supernatural forces (such as deities), religious studies tries to study religious behavior and belief from outside any particular religious viewpoint. Religious studies draws upon multiple disciplines and their methodologies including anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history of religion.
Wikipedia - Religious Studies
The academic study of religion is fundamentally an anthropological enterprise. That is, it is primarily concerned with studying people ..., their beliefs, behaviors, and institutions, rather than assessing “the truth” or “truths” of their various beliefs or behaviors. An anthropological approach to the study of religion (which is not to say that the study of religion is simply a sub-field of anthropology) is distinguished from a confessional, religious, or theological approach ... which is generally concerned with determining the nature, will, or wishes of a god or the gods.
What is the Academic Study of Religion? by Russell T. McCutcheon, Department of Religious Studies, University of Alabama.
So should the name change? Well, that's been talked about here since about the site's beginning in 2011. If we answer yes, the question is what should the name be? The truth of the matter [bad pun] is that Christianity is exactly the right name. The religion is called Christianity, and this site studies it. I can't think of any other name that would help clear up this common misunderstanding for new users.