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Looks like most members are software folks?

Just an observation - most of the profiles I have looked at, mention they are software developers. Is this because Stack Exchange is most used for programming (stack overflow, etc.) Does this ...
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Why do skeptics love to harp on the ark story?

I feel like the story of Noah's ark gets way more questions than it deserves. I mean, I believe heartily that it happened, and I feel like I've given really simple answers to most of the questions I'...
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Is it appropriate to offer a bounty in order to gain attention for an answer?

Ok, so this question about absolutism was a good one. I really wanted to give a good answer, and I think I did here: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/6383/1039 Unfortunately, while the ...
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One or two Israel tags?

Do we want separate tags for ancient (biblical) Israel and modern Israel? It would seem to me that people are fairly likely to be interested in questions about one but not the other.
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How do we separate the Joseph tag?

I realize that I tagged a question about "Joseph" (in-Genesis) (the one in Genesis) with the same tag as Joseph, the husband-of-mary. How should we disambiguate the two? 2020 Edit, I (moderator Peter,...
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Why was this question about the Bible closed?

@Jonathon Byrd asked a perfectly legitimate question: Has the Bible ever lied? Jonathon has over 6k in reputation points, so clearly he isn't here for jokes or fooling around. He truly wanted to ...
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Tag wikis: descriptive of questions or descriptive of topic?

The soteriology tag says "Soteriology is the study of salvation as understood across different faiths". Is it really "as understood across different faiths" or is soteriology just a catch-all word ...
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Should we be migrating more questions to Biblical Hermeneutics?

I'm seeing a huge number of questions that are really about biblical interpretation, and should be on the Biblical Hermeneutics site. Can we please start migrating them over as a matter of policy? ...
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Does anyone know anybody from Ratio Christi?

I had never heard of this organization until today, but they sound like people I'd like to know they sound like people that could really help fill this site with good material Yes, I'm a little bit ...
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Wanted: Female contributor(s) for Eschewmenical

We are looking for a female contributor or two to help us give a different perspective on our new Christianity.SE blog. This month's topic is contraception and we have quickly realized that all of ...
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Should questions sparked from comments on the main site be meta questions?

From today's chat it's apparent that there are a few things going on which need to be fixed up. Mark Trapp pointed out these three questions What is a "non-theistic" Christian? Is it ...
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Why delete Abraham/Sarah answer?

There is a question regarding Abraham and Sarah's relationship, and the brother/sister story here: Why did Abraham lie to Pharaoh about Sarah being his sister in Gen 12? I gave an answer which ...
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Is any corporate sponsorship allowable on this site?

PROPOSAL: Ask Logos Bible Software to sponsor regular contests in order to drum up support See if Logos Bible Software would like to incorporate our questions and answers into their passage guide ...
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Poor word choice

It occurred to me that 'follower' is used to describe subscribers of a tag. This means that Jesus has currently two followers; the same holds for God, Adam-and-Eve, et cetera. Shouldn't this be ...
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What topics should we run on the Eschewmenical blog?

It's been a few weeks since Peter suggested the Eschewmenical blog. I'm not sure if four participants is enough, but that would allow us to have one post a week if we stagger the posts. That seems ...
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Quodlibet revisited

So I'll take it that this idea is not going to fly. But, fundamentally, I think it's still a good way to ask questions (one that certainly managed to stand the test of time) so, why don't we make it a ...
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Are denominationally specific questions allowed?

Are denominationally specific questions allowed? For example: despite being a life-long (I am 38 this month) Catholic the notion of "the common priesthood of the Faithful" is, at best, vague to me. I ...
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Thinking about a community wiki for denominational distinctives

I'm considering asking a series of question that would be a little bit of reference for this site, and might eventually help draw users from search engines. The idea would be to ask the following ...
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Answers in the Hell question reflect a bad trend!

Reading through the answers to this question on Hell it looks like the people commenting on the answers have a better grasp of the sources behind the subject than the people who answered. This is not ...
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Are humorous comments acceptable?

I know there's a question, asking whether humorous questions are acceptable, and the majority have voted no. I would like to know if humorous comments are acceptable. I know these are all serious ...
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Eschewmenical blog

I've got half an idea for a blog that might be at least interesting. Take one topic in Christianity (or current events) per month and apply a particular denomination's (or non-denomination's) (or non-...
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What's the point of closing a question?

https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/5534/literature-to-convert-an-atheist-to-christianity My question was closed. :) Hahaha. Okay, so no offense taken. I get it. List questions are not ...
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What is a well-sourced, dispassionate answer?

This is for discussion purposes only. When an answer needs to be improved, I'd like to be able to link to a FAQ that gives guidance on how to answer, much like What makes a good supported answer? I'...
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What is Christianity.SE?

This is an attempt to clarify what Christianity.SE is, as if it were to be a potential rewrite to the FAQ. It is NOT an approved FAQ. In fact, I may be [probably am?] wrong. I'm just trying to throw ...
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What is “mainstream Christianity”?

This is an attempt at discussing what manifestations of Christianity are the subject of study for this site. I'm throwing stuff out for discussion. I also realize that may / will probably conflict ...
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Who is a Christian for this site?

I'm concerned about the proliferation of privately held opinion ("I think") vs. sourceable manifestations of Christianity. In large part, our definition invites this, since the definition of ...
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What do you think of this potential FAQ rewrite?

Per Caleb's suggestion, I've broken my answer up. The main (and much shortened!) potential FAQ is here: What is Christianity.SE? In there, I've linked two questions that I think are really important,...
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How should I ask overview questions: on one matter from all of the Christian spectrum?

It has been several times quite a problem for me here. I would have one particular matter (a doctrine or a verse from the Bible) that I would want to know how it is viewed upon in different sectors of ...
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Broaden scope to include Church management?

Going back to Area 51, I raised the issue: Merge Christianity proposals (now deleted by Robert Cartaino). The proposal was to merge: Christianity Evangelical Christianity Catholicism Biblical ...
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When the 'wrong' answer is accepted

I'm using this question as an example but it applies to others. The currently accepted answer to this question is a statement if a tiny minority viewpoint, one that I doubt is accepted by more than 2-...
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Logical connection between two statements on FAQ page seems to be missing

Two statements in the FAQ page, of which one follows right after another one, don't seem to me to have a logical connection. Take a look: Statemet 1: For the purposes of this site, any group that ...
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Removing Community Wiki status

I was unaware that making too many edits to your own answer will cause it to go into community wiki mode. I wrote a rather long answer that took a lot of time and research, and over the course of its ...
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To simplify all this “What denomination stuff”, could we just require a personal statement block?

I want to throw out this idea. Rather than requiring every answer to say "According to the Baptist / Catholic / Orthodox / Coptic / FSM church", maybe we could just ask that all posters ...
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How much research should we ask our users to do before asking a question?

What is a reasonable level of research and forethought for us as a community to expect from users prior to asking a question? Often we will get a question and upon asking the OP to select a doctrinal ...
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Making it clear that this is the Christianity SE and not the Evangelical Protestant SE

All too often, I'm seeing responses that present the Western Evangelical Protestant position on a topic (usually a question of soteriology, in my experience) as the universal Christian one. It's one ...
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Is it ok to post questions from an agnostic point of view which question religious faith?

I've read the about and FAQ pages and they say nothing about atheists or agnostics. I'm an agnostic and wonder if it's ok to make questions that question religious faith, facts, logic, etc. all made ...
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How can we get more visitors and keep people who come to the site?

I've already written here that I'm concerned this Beta will fail. Richard's answer led me to this question: How can we get more visitors? And then, the comments on that question led me to a new ...
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Will this site go the way of atheism?

And others, which failed during Beta. I see some of our stats are poor: 3.1 questions per day 220 visits per day On the other hand, the number of core users and questions is good. So, the real ...
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Is this a valid question: What is the minimum requirement to be “Christian?”

So, the question about Jesus' burial site is causing a wee bit of controversy. In some ways, I'd like to ask the question, "What is the bare minimum to be a Christian." As I pointed out in a ...
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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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What about my other questions?

This is a post for reference from the FAQ. There are some questions that are off-topic on this site. Please note that the following subjects are considered off-topic here: Questions asking for all ...
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Should the site be re-named “Christian Doctrine” (not the url)?

A recent post about this topic has illustrated clearly the need for good, solid guidelines. It has shown that we cannot reasonably expect to field all questions about Christianity. The correct ...
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arbitrarily deleted answer

The user wax eagle deleted my answer https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/4921/282. His comment, to justify his action, is wrong. He wrote: I'm deleting this because there is in fact supporting ...
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When the synoptics are out of sync

So.. nearly the same Bible verse is used to point to nearly the same idea, one is explicit, https://christianity.stackexchange.com/a/4902/4 one needs a little clarification https://christianity....
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Is a Stack Exchange style site really appropriate for religious questions?

In my experience the Stack Exchange family of websites tend to ask the type of questions that have specific provable answers. Since your basic religious argument in-general boils down to faith, there ...
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Should I tag with Catholicism when the question is obviously about Catholicism?

Just wondering if this tantum ergo question ought to be tagged with catholicism on account of it's inherent Catholicity. Obviously it doesn't hurt to put the tag on it, but the question isn't about ...
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Do we have a sidebar link?

I just saw this lady in a sidebar link to parents.SE Pretty cute, but have we got one of these for Christianity.SE that I might be able to link onto facebook or whatnot? anyway, I thought it'd be ...
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What tag should we use for Quakers?

A recent question asked about Quakers. However, the Religious Society of Friends are not actually "Quakers"--that's a nickname. Just like for "Mormons" we use the lds tag, we ...
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What's a good tag for priesthood of all believers?

What is a good alternative tag for priesthood of all believers? It exceeds the 25 character limit for tags. Does universal-priesthood work? Do they mean the same?
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Should the “evangelicalism” tag be created to match other denominational tags?

Most denomination tags are in the noun form: methodism protestantism catholocism etc. And then there is evangelical which is an adjective. Shouldn't it be changed to evangelicalism? We would probably ...

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