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What about non denominational questions?

Having been a casual user of this site for some time, I have noticed some patterns. Purely off of my own experience I will say that the preferred form of question seems to be scoping to a particular ...
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Is Rastafari on topic?

A quick look at the Rastafari religion on Wikipedia may lead you to believe they consider themselves a kind of Christian. Rastafari, also known as Rastafarianism, is an Abrahamic religion that ...
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Is this question on-topic or not?

Does Joyce Meyer preach salvation by faith in Jesus alone (ie not works)? There are contradictory answers but the community hasn't voted to close as either a truth question or primarily-opinion ...
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Idea: Instead of asking overview questions, we could ask for lists of questions

For the reasons listed here, overview questions need to be highly focused. In particular, they need to be more focused than if you asking about a single denomination. For example, take the question "...
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Are religious education shopping questions allowed?

This site seems to be allowing denominational "shopping" questions of the general form "Are there any denominations that have/support/allow/require X?" For example, see: Does any church still provide ...
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Proposed addition to “How to Ask” block

One of the most difficult challenges I had when first participating with this site was overcoming the urge to be part of a conversation. It took a long time to understand (and a part of me will ...
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Is asking for contact information for a Christian group on-topic?

Are questions seeking information on how to contact a Christian group, how to contact or find a local office of a Christian group, or how to contact, locate, or identify a specific official of a ...
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Why not more emphasis on own search?

Some questions don't seem to have any research or attempt at answering done at all. On How to Ask says: Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research ...
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How broad can a question be?

Say I'm having a religious conversation about a tangent of our beliefs with a member of religion X and I'm of religion Y (Both X and Y are Christian denominations). I get a good understanding of X's ...
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Intent of Christianity.SE and the new SO Documentation feature

I believe that the intent of this SE is to document specific questions and answers regarding a specific denomination or belief/practice. We propose not answering truth question or giving advise. ...
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I'm new here and I'm having some difficulty understanding guidelines for questions

I just joined this site, but I am a 2000+ rep user on Stack Overflow, so I have been around the Stack Exchange site for some time and understand the goals of its Q&A format. With that said, I'm ...
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How to balance open-ended vs closed-ended nature of questions?

There is value in open-ended questions. I recently asked this question, and was a little surprised to learn it had acquired as many as four votes to close (see the comments). I had intentionally left ...
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Do you feel your question standards are ok as is?

I do not feel your current standards for questions are ok. I feel they require too high a level of prior knowledge and education. Far too often (in my opinion) people come here and ask a question ...
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Why is putting a question “on hold” preferred over simply correcting the question?

Does the policy of this site encourage killing a question by putting it "on hold" indefinitely, rather than making the simple change requested? I ask this, because in my very short time on this site, ...
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How can I make my Carstianity joke question on-topic? (serious question)

I am asking about the original versions of these puns. For example, to what is He is the Alfa and the Romeo. supposed to refer? It refers to some verses in Revelation where God is referred to ...
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Why is my question bad? It got at least 1 downvote and has no answers or comments

It's a question on leprosy: What did Jesus do regarding the Jews believing that some diseases were sometimes due to sin?
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(How) can we welcome more questions about pastoral care practices?

From the outset, let's be clear that I'm not talking about pastoral advice questions. What I am referring to can be found in the question What expertise are we lacking? Mike's answer states: I ...
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Would this question about the weight of sins be on topic?

I've been looking around Christianity Stack Exchange for some time, but I've only joined today, and I'm still not entirely sure of some parts of the scope. I wrote up a question - and actually went ...
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Where should I ask about the sevenfold Spirit of God?

One of the things I've been wondering about is the sevenfold Spirit (or the seven Spirits) of God. Do the seven Spirits refer to one member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit? Do they represent ...
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Is dream interpretation on topic?

I need an interpretation from religious point of view. Is dream interpretation on-topic on this site? It is not in the on-topic list. And I could not find anything 'dream' related in help center ...
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Would asking about Christian states be considered on topic?

It's Christmas time, and of course every Christmas there are always cases of people filing human rights disputes about "Separation of Religion and State" and not posting "Merry Christmas" signs and ...
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What are the guidelines for church shopping questions?

In revisiting this issue: What should we do with "church shopping" questions? I find that we have sort of supported this kind of question, but we have not laid down any clear guidelines. ...
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Where's the boundary line with the “verse-identification” tag?

So there's this question: Is there a verse about "big" and "small" lies being the same in God's kingdom?. So far the question seems to be relatively safe. There is 1 VTC and 3 ...
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Are we allowing shopping questions or not?

This recent question was deleted yesterday: Drawing of a christian helping his own assailant It was certainly a shopping question, asking for help to find a picture of a priest who was helping ...
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Proposal for new category of acceptable questions

Originally posted as an answer to Types of questions, or template questions, that the community generally finds acceptable, I'm following the suggestion to make this a separate post. I believe that ...
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Why was this closed for being “truthy” when it's anything but that?

So I asked this: Was Absalom's hair really that strong? An objectively scientific question: can human hair be that big/strong? Yet it was put on hold for being a "Truthy/Is X a sin" question, and ...
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Should questions regarding bible study methodology be considered on-topic or off-topic for Christianity.SE?

Stemming from this meta post about the specific question: If we want to know what the Bible says about an issue, what methods can help us to find all the relevant scriptures? - which seems to have ...
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Why should this question stay open?

Should biblical laws apply to non-Christians? This question points out two opposing Christian views and asks which is correct. It's either opinion based or a truth question. I flagged it but my flag ...
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How to ask a truth seeking question in a non-truth seeking question way?

I've been pondering how to approach a question regarding reincarnation in the bible. In some religions, reincarnation is the process where the spirit exists eternally. When the spirit begins a "...
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Why was this question put on hold as too broad? (Sinful by birth or made sinful by the world?)

In Romans 5 we are plainly told in verse 19 it is through one man by birth...I would support it a bit more ...but its is a simple answer it would seem compaired to other questions I have seen on here ...
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Types of questions that are within community guidelines

I find that there are at least six types of questions that the community on Christianity.StackExchange has decided are on-topic and within site guidelines. These question types, if the few rules that ...
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Non-opinion based questions that are confrontational

This question has a lot of problems and I would like to ask a question about one of them: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/25015/why-do-evolutionists-label-creationists-as-stupid I ...
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How to improve this question?

I asked this question, expecting that the answer could be as simple as a YES or a NO followed by a brief history of what are the new things introduced in the Roman Catholic Church which originally ...
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What should we do with “church shopping” questions?

We've just recently had a new question format show up (example) that goes roughly like this: I believe X, Y and Z. I do not believe M, N, and O. I am looking for a church that fits my beliefs and/...
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How should we handle questions about Christian culture?

We have recently received a few questions that were not on doctrine, per se, but actually reflected a curiosity about current Christian culture in a specific geographic area. Here are some examples: ...
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How can this question be made more applicable to Christianity.SE?

I posted this question yesterday, and it was closed fairly shortly after. The title is What evidence supports the truthfulness of Christianity, over and above that which supports other religions?, ...
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Refute this vs Why do they believe this?

I have been thinking about this for a few days (mostly because I would headhunt Refute This! questions because I love debating; even small details). However, I agree with the community that this site ...
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Are “what advice does the Bible give on X topic” questions constructive?

My instinct is to say no. In fact I just closed this one here: Is there any biblical doctrine on how to avoid paranoia as a Christian under an Protestant framework? To me, the question reads like a ...
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Should we avoid “refute this”-type questions?

Before I begin, I want to emphasize that the question I picked is a good one. In fact, I picked it because it troubled me and I didn't understand why until the reason clicked into place. It's a ...
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How did an objectively answerable question such as this one get closed?

A question such as this seems to be objectively verifiable via the Bible, so I see no reason for it to have been closed based on the claim that it's "not constructive". It is based solely on the ...
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How to ask duplicate questions?

Sometimes (and this holds for all SE sites) I find a question that is quite interesting but it's answers aren't much good. The previous questioner might have accepted an answer because it appealed ...
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Can we re-open the drink blood / eat flesh question?

This question, What did Jesus mean when He said we must “eat His flesh and drink His blood”? was closed by (moderator) Richard after he added this comment, "Please provide a doctrinal stance in order ...
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Are questions about Christians' psychology/emotions on topic?

I was thinking of asking a question about what might be known about Christians' emotions regarding God--whether that is a unitary or trinitary version of God. Specifically, I want to know what sorts ...
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Is a question about sermon type allowed?

At my church, my pastor is quite adamant about a particular type of preaching. I'm well aware of alternative methods of preaching. It seems to me these methods are quite important; to the lay person ...
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Are “how does x foreshadow Christ?” questions okay, and how to group them together?

So, I was thinking about asking (and answering some of) a series of questions titled "How does Character X typify Christ?" or "How does Scenario Y foreshadow Christ's work?". For example, after ...
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Would this question be acceptable: Were the 7 days of creation 7 Earth days?

I asked this question on bible hermeneutics and it got closed (for the reasons commented). It was suggested that this question might be better suitable on this website. But I want to see what the ...
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On-Topic and Constructive Examples

This post serves as a brief listing of on-topic and constructive question examples, for use by new users and particularly those whose questions have been closed for being too generally philosophical ...
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Off-Topic/Not Constructive examples

Based on the suggestions for a FAQ rewrite, we will need examples of Off-Topic or Not Constructive questions. Please post your examples below. Ideally, include the question title and a brief ...
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Why was my question closed? How can I get it open again?

As we move through this process of increasing the quality of questions here on Christianity.SE, some questions will be closing (due to the votes of the community and the moderators). This effort to ...
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What makes a good focused question?

In response to Can we reverse the trend on low quality posts? we would like to propose the following thoughts on what defines a good focused question. The primary focus of this site is a place to ask ...