Are Scholarly Answers About Christianity On-Topic?
The short answer is absolutely.
Scholarly answers are in fact the best way to answer questions here.
The scholarly method or scholarship is the body of principles and practices used by scholars and academics to make their claims about the subject as valid and trustworthy as possible, and to make them known to the scholarly public. It is the methods that systemically advance the teaching, research, and practice of a given scholarly or academic field of study through rigorous inquiry. Scholarship is noted by its significance to its particular profession, and is creative, can be documented, can be replicated or elaborated, and can be and is peer-reviewed through various methods. The Scholarly Method includes the subcategories of the Scientific Method, in which scientists prove their claims and the Historical Method, in which historians verify their claims.
The mystical method of answering questions is somewhat more ambiguous.
The Mystical Approach
There is an experience which we read of in prose and religious texts of every culture and time. This is the experience of oneness, the mystical experience in its vast variety. It is a special state of consciousness, where thought has totally ended and there remains only the silence of absolute peace in the mind. People fall into this state of mind, sometimes without noticing how or why. There is suddenly an overwhelming silence and the person stands thunderstruck against this totally new experience, for it is always new and fresh, even if he or she has experienced it more than once.
Common descriptions might be something like these: I was one with everything there is. I was the world and the world became I. My separation from the world disintegrated and instead there was love and oneness, impersonal, all encompassing. Hate was unthinkable and all my problems vanished into thin air. Everything was good. Or, The world was as it had always been, nothing had changed except that the "I" had ceased to be, had blended into everything else. Such descriptions are taken from ordinary people telling how they experienced their world when this special state of mind prevailed. This has been called 1-less-ness.
It is a state that is without problems and therefore rather comforting and desirable. You feel that you are nothing but the whole of existence, regardless of whether you look to the stars or think of your neighbor. Everyone is a brother, whether he be rich or poor, good or bad, friend or enemy in ordinary terms.
Often people feel that they are standing before God; sometimes even a picture of the Godhead appears before them. But we should bear in mind that God is an idea acquired from someone else.
The God that the Christians see is different from that of the Hindus. You may have touched the Universal Divinity, but its form is from your own religion or civilization. The aim of the mystical approach is to reach for this state of consciousness, and the methods take form after that.
As for your downvoted post, there have been a number of community wiki answers on your part in which you have commented that ”there's no point in posting comments on soon-to-be-deleted posts, since the inbox-messages announcing their posting will inevitably disappear soon after.”
Community wiki posts are ”to indicate the answer is incomplete and to invite community contribution to finish it.”
Do not get me wrong, I enjoy your answers, but they must be scholarly based and not based on the assumption that the post will be deleted some time soon.
Thus, what scholarly support have you offered in this question, which contains not one scholarly quoteation from a Catholic source: Why do Catholic persons not partake of mass every single day?
What about this question of yours, which contains no historical or scholarly sources or quotations: What is the support or arguments to indicate the age of the Virgin Mary? One commentator said that ”this answer does (probably correctly) deny the objections, but it does not give any support. Historical examples of marriage age? Opinions of Jewish writers about appropriate marriage age? One book from 150 AD is listed, but not quoted.”
Another one of your Catholic questions (According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life?) does not give any scholarly support of any of your statements. In fact it’s only external link you included was to Aesop's fable: The Young Mouse, The Cock, and The Cat!
Thus your possible downvotes were due to a genuine lack of scholarly support in your answers and not that they were community wiki posts!
As a typical example (only), Catholic questions should require a Catholic answer and just not merely an answer uniquely based on biblical quotes. In fact scholarly answer are generally really the best. This method can to some degree be applied to any denomination within Christendom.
- Biblical quotes from appropriately approved translations of Sacred Scripture can be used.
- Catholic sources which include Canon Law, traditions, teachings and other sources may be used, but should be accompanied with appropriate sources and links.
- If no magisterial teaching can be found on a particular subject, the teachings of canonized saints or prominent Catholic theologians must be invoked.
- As a general rule, do not just quote Scriptures since interpretation can vary.