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Why is this closed as a “truth” question? The answer is almost trivially simple

I am not sure that the person asking this question has done much research (which may be a different reason to close it) but there are a variety of ways to answer it that don't get into "truth" wars or ...
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Your Web Site is not very helpful

I asked you, what I thought was a valid question. "Why did the many miracles stop being administered by the Apostle after Jesus's ascendance"? Why did you have to come back with a statement about me ...
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Should questions with an agenda be strongly encouraged to state upfront what it is?

https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/53238/if-mosaic-law-could-never-justify-does-that-make-the-law-to-be-insincere-or-dis First, I think this is a good question. However, as it ...
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Question about site and answers using true Christian faiths like Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and such

I feel like I must be a Harvard student to be able to ask a question on this site. Why is it not allowed to ask a question about my faith in God in GENERAL and get an answer? All I want is any answer ...
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In question editing, is the site as a whole going too far? From its genesis to questions on Genesis

People, especially those who have learned English as a second language, express themselves differently. Does this site expect questions to fall into too narrow of a line of logic? Or are questions ...
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How can we better define and apply the need for focus or scope?

New users are often told they need to focus their question. It is one of the more difficult concepts for users to learn. The new user may feel their question does not need to be narrowed to one group ...
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What's the difference between “morality” and “good-and-evil”?

We have two rather popular tags, morality and good-and-evil, that I'm having trouble distinguishing. The tag wikis don't provide much guidance, except perhaps to say that good-and-evil can be used to ...
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Are you comfortable with the Necromancer badge being awarded to members of this community?

I can see that this badge was awarded to 354 members so far. I have the same badge from different community. And as I find it inacceptable for a christian to bear the name of a person practicing ...
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Should a site that 'cannot handle the truth' be labelled Christianity?

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 ...
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What’s wrong with my question?

This is about my question, How, according to the Catholic Church, can God order genocide even though the Church has declared such a situation impossible? May I know why was this question downvoted? I ...
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Should there be a new tag?

There is a tag "Anglican", defined as Referring to the Church of England or those churches in other countries that are in full Communion with it (e.g. The Episcopal Church in the US) I would ...
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Attention needed to question “What views are there about the necessity of Christ's murder?”

The question What views are there about the necessity of Christ's murder? asked: I would now like an overview of what different denominations teach about the subject. (That is, what are the main ...
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Which “no-tradition-specified” exegesis questions should be closed?

This site has dozens of open exegesis questions that ask for interpretations of biblical texts but that do not specify a tradition. Of these, many have lain dormant for years and have not recently ...
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Why was my answer to “Is there a Christian position on cadaveric organ donation?” deleted?

My answer to the above question (which is now on hold) was deleted with the comment: Please don't answer broad qusetions from a single perspective. If they are answerable at all on this site ...
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Is summarizing remarks for/against Christianity in books for sale on topic?

This question and answer by the same person is designed to simply list the opinions of a group of people about the validity of claims made by core Christian cannon. Are such posts on topic? I see no ...
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Difference between questions of history and those of proving a theological point?

In answer to the question regarding the doctrine of the one divine will, When was this doctrine first expounded, and what arguments, whether Biblical or otherwise, were given to support…[the ...
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When is a comment not a comment?

I've been seeing a lot of comment action lately that is somewhere between misguided and utterly superfluous. I grant the comment feature is a hard one to get used to¹ —particularly for those coming in ...
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Would this question about Aramaic be on topic?

Which modern day dialect of Aramaic is the closest one to the dialect that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in Palestine some 2000 years ago? Would this question be on topic on the main site? If not, where ...
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Askers that show possible medical issues should be referred to doctors first, not only pastors

With our "No pastoral advice" policy, we usually see these kinds of questions quickly, close them, and urge the user to find help in the real world from a real and trusted spiritual adviser. I greatly ...
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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 keep hearing that all the branches are SO different. Would branching off be feasible?

I always try asking questions without denomination specification. I end up being told how the different branches would have different answers, thus making it too broad. Would splitting religions of ...
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Was the circumcision question put on hold for valid reason?

This question https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/50629/why-did-god-gave-circumcision-to-abraham Was put on hold called a truth question. I think it is a question answerable from ...
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Should we say we are a 'secular website'?

It's been written pretty frequently on meta, most recently here but many other places, that "we are a secular website". As a longtime user I'm very aware of what that means - that the website does not ...
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Is it a form of discrimination to make someone ask numerous questions?

Is it a form of discrimination to make someone ask numerous questions before they can reply to a question they are most able to reply to? Yes. Is it a form of duplicity to make someone hungry to ...
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Default specificity for questions?

It seems that a lot of energy is put into commenting on questions from new users that their question is too broad, that it should specify some reference to some specific doctrine, etc. The pattern I ...
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Undelete this question

It has been the procedure of this SE to not delete questions but to leave them exist but on hold as to not have repetitive questions. Please consider undeleting this useful but on hold question: Was ...
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Why can't I ask for personal advice?

It seems like all the questions asking for personal advice on this site get put "on hold." If I am facing a personal difficulty or a challenging decision, and I want input from Christians, shouldn't ...
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Rename the biblical-basis tag to scriptural-basis

The biblical-basis tag should be renamed to scriptural-basis just to make it explicit that it is the appropriate tag to use to ask for the basis of LDS beliefs. We should treat them as synonyms ...
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What is the Biblical basis for Oompa Loompas?

Biblical basis questions are quite popular here, and many of them are good questions. But a large number of them are also really bad questions, because they are based on the false premise that there ...
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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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Is it appropriate to ask a question I have already found an answer for just to get it on the site?

Some questions are easy to find answers with a Google search. However, they may not have an answer, or they might even have been asked here on the site. Is it desirable to ask the question here to ...
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Are close-vote scope standards significantly different now than they used to be?

I've noticed some questions being quickly closed as opinion-based or too broad, even though there is a precedent for the success of such questions. These closures seem to be mostly recent, and ...
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Is this question off topic now that I have edited it?

Is there consensus between Christian commentators about where Jesus stood when Satan tempted him to prove he was God's son by leaping from the temple? The question above was put on hold pretty ...
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What should be done with the reopened theodicy question?

Our "standard" theodicy question, How to answer "Why do evil and suffering exist?", has been edited and reopened. Previously it did not request a denominational viewpoint, but now it does. This is ...
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Have there been any hits from the Vatican?

I was just about to make a dumb joke about the Pope using this site to determine whether deaconesses were a good idea and then realized this might actually be true. Do we have any stats to tell ...
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Isn't it obvious that I need assistance in editing my question? [duplicate]

There are often times when the question page is back-logged with questions on hold or closed. A percentage of the questions just need a simple edit, would be a great questions and still fit in the ...
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What is the cleanup badge for?

I am trying to figure out what a roll-back is associated with the clean-up badge? I've surfed the questions and answers with no avail.
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Are some users too quick to close?

This question is of personal interest to me, since I am only a few points away from gaining open/close vote privileges myself. I notice that many questions are put on hold or closed while their vote ...
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Removing one person's comments but not removing the response addressed to them?

RE: This thread, "Are there any Protestant denominations that reject penal substitution?" I'd like to see this site be fair and unbiased in regards to its posters but it's not. My comments were ...
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Why was a question closed quickly, without the OP being able to edit it?

A question was recently placed online, called Why did God allow both men and animals to eat flesh only after the flood and not after the fall? It was quickly put on hold and never [closed], but soon ...
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Is it ok to ask questions about mythicism, the notion that Jesus did not exist?

I see there are a couple of related questions, but not mine in particular. I am trying to find a reason to take seriously the notion that Richard Carrier and a few other experts can refute the ...
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Why are up votes not showing on the question?

When a question (of mine) gets upvoted, I get the points added to "reputation" but they don't show up next to the question as a +. Why is that? Sorry but your website does not have a comprehensive ...
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Why are 4 of my badges gone & Why are points not being logged?

An hour ago and for the whole day, I had 11 badges. Now it says 7 badges...? The points are off, too. Is there a webpage explaining points. The site is showing points added that don't get added to ...
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How can I salvage my question?

Quite some time ago, I asked a question about inter-faith marriage. I recently received an edit notification, checked it, and saw that my question had been closed as primarily opinion-based. Caleb ...
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Why should this question be closed?

Since this needs only one more vote I may as well call attention to it so someone can finish killing it - According to the Catholic Church, does Jesus condemn those who don't believe? As the ...
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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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Should [lucifer] really be a synonym of [satan]?

I realize that in popular culture, Satan, Lucifer, and The Devil are synonyms, but on a more theological level, they have distinct meanings, which may overlap to varying degrees, and in some belief ...
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Who are “Church fathers”?

I've seen a number of questions recently edited, by well-meaning people, to ask "What did Church Fathers say about...?" We also have some older questions along the same vein. Is this meaningful? It ...
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Why are obvious trolls tolerated?

This site will of course attract many questions outside its scope, so a lot of "please read the tour" comments are left to help folks understand the scope and limitations agreed upon to keep it open ...