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A slightly unsettling narrative

A Christian, born and raised in a Muslim majority country, and subjected to incessant harassment on account of his faith, prays deep within that there comes a day when he can live in a land where he ...
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Improper Closing

This question: What is the Catholic Church’s position on the legalization of drugs such as marijuana or cocaine? The question was closed due to it being a “duplicate”. But when I examined the two ...
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Scoping Protestantism?

On this site, we frequently close questions that have far too broad of scopes, and for good reason! Asking 5 Christians one question on the atonement could produce 7 different answers. Recently, I’m ...
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Down-voting as a form of harassment?

I think there may be an individual who reflexively down-votes more or less every question I post. It doesn't seem to matter what the content is. If there is an individual engaging in this sort of ...
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Correct moderator response to a potentially off-target answer?

I wrote an answer (now deleted by a moderator) to this question that answered in the negative (the question asks for the biblical basis for doctrine X, and I provided biblical basis against doctrine X)...
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How to encourage comments to be polite and at an academic level?

How to encourage comments to be polite and at an academic level? Lately I have noticed that comments are at times a low quality within themselves, on both main and meta sites. Some are somewhat not ...
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Can people no longer ask questions about what Trinitarians think?

So a mod closed this question. Am I to take this to mean questions about Trinitarianism, Binitarianism, or Unitarianism are now considered off-topic?
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Respectfully Asking Questions as an Anti-Theist

Introduction Hello, This may be the incorrect community to talk about this. However, it is the first community that came to mind. If this question is inappropriate or offensive I will remove it. My ...
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How to scope overview questions

This is about this question (and a bit about this one), which while I think are good questions to ask, they are not IMO a good fit for this site as they are too broad. SE sites are for finding real ...
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Does SE-C have the ability to restrict the use of divine names as user names?

If a user chooses a user name that is also a divine name or a divine designation, then in order to address that user in a comment, one must write @xxxx and then state the information or question. In ...
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Trinitarian sensitivities or just odd behaviour?

It seems to be a consistent response for a trinitarian to ask a non-trinitarian oriented question and the resultant answer gets severely downvoted. The answer seems to offend some innate sensitivity. ...
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Fond memories of former members or those on an extended leave of absence?

Fond memories of former members or those on an extended leave of absence? Would anyone like to recall some fond memories of any former members or moderators, I would like to hear your story (stories), ...
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How does the community 'make the rules' on C.SE?

In a recent answer to another question O posted, I was told that the community, not the moderators, are the ones making the rules on C.SE and H.SE. This came as an epiphany of sorts since the ...
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Why should people avoid asking what 'the truth' is on C.SE?

Why should people avoid asking what 'the truth' is regarding a matter on C.SE? Is it because we are confused about what the truth really is ourselves or because we don't believe we as Christians have ...
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May I wish all on Christianity SE a Blessed and Holy Easter Sunday (2022)?

May I wish all on Christianity SE a Blessed and Holy Easter Sunday (April 17, 2022)! May all of you enjoy the fruits of a blessed Resurrection Sunday. Especially, those who are suffering in some form ...
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What are the best practices for C.SE, being a site powered by StackExchange technology: KB, chat, gamification, etc?

StackExchange main features that can be leveraged After interacting and contributing in C.SE intensely for 3 years as a software developer familiar with Knowledge-Base, Online Support, and Forum/...
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Are questions asking for the specific theological positions opinion based?

Recently, I saw this question - How do Cessationists react to a world-view-challenging testimony from a fellow Christian? Under it, some one commented: isn't this opinion based “Would you....?”? The ...
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What’s the best way to approach new users who aren’t aware of how this site works?

I’m sure this is a very old question, certainly older than my time on this site, but I want to ask an open ended question to see if we can make our site more welcoming to users. What I’ve begun to ...
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Is asking a question in order to start an altercation an appropriate use of this site?

I'm struggling to see the point of asking a "gotcha" question for the purpose of: Starting an altercation in the comments & Mocking an outgroup & Downvoting any honest attempt to ...
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FYI: New biblical archaeology magazine

For those interested in biblical archaeology, a new magazine has recently been published: Let The Stones Speak, with potentially interesting topics. E.g. this first issue includes Top 10 Biblical ...
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Are questions that ask for Christian's evaluation of a specific cult's view of love, etc. on topic?

Occasionally I see cults promoting teachings on topics that are central to Christianity such as this Japanese Happy Science promoting four stages of love that on the surface has a lot of similarities ...
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Suggestions about getting a different denomination to answer? Not just for the asker but also for the (potential) answerer

Here I asked a question for Catholicism. Obviously, no Catholic answer (until like 3.5 years after 1st bounty). 1 - it is forbidden if i asked without regard to a denomination (or without regard to ...
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How are these two questions the same?

My question, How does the Anglican Church defend its legitimacy due to the circumstances of its founding? has been marked as the same as this question How do Anglicans, who recognize apostolic ...
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Why was this question not struck down as opinion based?

This question asks what the minimum requirement is for a person to be saved. It doesn’t ask a specific denominations opinion on the topic. How is this not opinion based? It seems rather obvious.
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What is the recommended editing that would help get the essence of a specific question reopened?

I came across an old question here. It was closed without a lot of dialog on why it was closed. Was it because it was more of a "truth question"? What would it take to reopen the question - ...
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How can we pose a question on an alleged Bible contradiction without getting opinion based questions?

I want to ask a few questions on alleged "Biblical Contradictions" and get answers to some of the ones that stump me to see if I can word my responses better. My fear is that my question ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Happy New Year 2022!

Happy New Year to all! On this one day of the year as we struggle with so many issues as diverse Christian communities, both as communities and on a personal level, I wish to ask God’s blessings on ...
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Why are these questions closed?

I've seen a couple of questions closed recently that surprised me. One was "When was the New Testament written and who by?" One was "What is the Holy Spirit?" Both appeared to be ...
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Is this question offensive? If so, what can I do to make it less offensive?

Zanlock, a community member who has been around for a long time, has accused me of violating COC and being impolite when I asked this question. Can anyone give a 3rd party view on how this question ...
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Feedback to improve this question

I asked a question of exegesis and interpretation on a passage in 1 Timothy, but it was closed for being "opinion-based". I wanted to know if it was correct to interpret that all pastors ...
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How do we ask spirituality questions?

Background After decades of teaching and observing Christian practice in multiple cultures and denominations, theology professor Roger Olson reflected on his experience on his blog and asked: What Is ...
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Would this feature "fix" Christianity SE or make it more confusing?

Looks like there's some notion of "versioning" that is going to be added to the technical sites Version labels for answers I added Christianity to the wiki answer on that post with some ...
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Is Christianity.SE a OP's Gets it or Community Gets it community?

Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers So, I haven't read a ton about it, but it seems like we dropped the ball on polling for this, does anybody care? We don't have a ton ...
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Do question tags imply restrictions on the type of answers expected?

Questions often include something like "from a Roman Catholic perspective", to explicitly restrict the types of answers that are appropriate. Do the tags on questions imply a similar ...
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Effective personal scripture study methods?

When I study the scriptures the methods I employ vary by topic, time I have available, and reason for studying. I mainly rely on(not in order of importance or of usage): external sources (non-...
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Proper way to address answers that don't answer questions from denomination persepective?

Very similar question (however asked almost 9 years ago with only 1 answer with negative votes) this question also vaguely addresses this topic, but not exactly. I mainly watch the LDS tag, mainly ...
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10 year retrospective

Hard to imagine that 10 years I was frantically clicking f5 so I could be the first user on the site, but wound up losing out to the bots and being number 4. Anybody else have any good (or not so good)...
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Is it fair to use "protestant" as a synonym for "credobaptist"?

Is it fair to use "protestant" as a synonym for "credobaptist"? I've noticed several instances here (both recent and historic) of folks using using "protestant" as a ...
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Manuscript about Jesus by @SLM

I read an answer where @SLM wrote a 92,000 word manuscript about the life, death, and burial of Jesus. Is there a way to order it?
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Guidelines for asking atheist questions without hurting sensibilities

I am new to this stack exchange, and it may appear strange that my very first post is one on meta. However, I want to make sure that my presence will not be a pointless source of frustration. I am an ...
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Is it legitimate for a website labelled with the name of Christ to discuss the 'biblical basis' for deceptive claims?

Is it legitimate that a website which bears the name of 'Christ' should debate and discuss the possibility that people should deceitfully claim that they have been vaccinated when, in fact, they have ...
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Are some recommendation questions considered as topic?

There have be a few recommendation questions in the past. Some were in fact simply a resource request, which is considered on topic. Beer, Wine & Alcohol SE recommendation questions are quite ...
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Are questions seeking the perspective of a certain subset of Christians on the experiences of another group (Christian or otherwise) on-topic?

My recently asked question What is an overview of how Christians make sense of the testimonial evidence for alien abductions, alien close encounters & UFO sightings? seeking an overview of ...
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Why was my answer mod-censored?

Someone asked: What in the Bible or Christianity is specifically applicable to addiction? My upvoted and previously accepted answer was deleted because apparently it was deemed "advice". ...
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Are "what does everybody believe about X?" questions still off-topic? [duplicate]

It's been a while since I was last active on this Stack. At one time it was the rule that a general "what does everyone believe about X?" question was off-topic. Rather, people had to ...
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How to handle question edits? [closed]

Recently this question was asked what precedent is there in the bible for a 'further revelation'. It was tagged with lds and several of the references in the question were pertaining to the LDS faith (...
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Heavy-handed, biased moderating, or something else?

Some serious issue here as a newbie Q was edited to become the opposite of intended query. What was a 'tradition - bible query' is now a soapbox for Nicene theology. The newbie might well have asked ...
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Be Nice - A Simple Reminder

At times there are a series of incidents where people have started being quite confrontational and generally unpleasant to other users. I don't want to call anyone out or mention any specifics but can ...
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RFC: Spirit Realm Investigation Results [closed]

I'm not sure about you, but I'd like to know if Spirit Realm Investigator is going to issue a report something in Q3. Spirit Realm Investigator seems to me like a modern day Vladimir I and I, for one ...
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