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Does this question require scoping to remain on topic?

A recent question on the main site asks: Between the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which one has a more plausible alternate account of its invention?. Which of the on-topic question formats for this ...
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How is a question asking for examples of secular historians supporting a Christian argument for Jesus' resurrection off-topic?

The deleted question: What are examples of secular historians agreeing with the four historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth that William Lane Craig bases his argument on? Screenshot: Moderator's ...
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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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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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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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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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Are philosophical questions bordering on Christian theology on topic?

This question currently has 2 vote-to-close with the reason "General philosophical or sociological questions are off-topic unless clearly asking for a doctrinal answer." although this ...
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Why was my prophets of mercy question migrated yet my guitar question is on-topic?

Are questions on jokes or about fictional events on topic? What's up with churches and guitars in this joke from The Big Bang Theory? https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/111915/what-were-...
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Is there any way to make a denomination-agnostic question on-topic without the old trick of turning it into an overview question?

I recently asked this question. If you check the edit history, my question was originally intended to be denomination-agnostic, i.e., open to answers from any Christian denomination. However, that's ...
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Are Scholarly Answers About Christianity On-Topic?

I am trying to ascertain whether, or to what extent, scholarly (1) answers about Christianity and its various denominations (as opposed to faith-based answers written from a believer's perspective) ...
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Why is this stack exchange never about christian issues?

I am very concerned about this "forum" and I believe it to be a lie. This is a open rebuke. None of the topics I have seen are ever discussed by Christians (I have been a Christian for about ...
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How to ask questions from a Biblical Theology "Type 1" and "Type 2" perspectives?

As I noted in my exploration of Biblical Theology, there are 5 types of Biblical Theology. My question is: how do I ask questions from Type 1 and Type 2 perspectives? From reading Caleb's answer and ...
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Should the help center better reflect that "Is X a sin?" questions are on-topic when accompanied by a denominational POV?

In relation to: According to Eastern Orthodoxy, is googling the serial numbers of a software and using cracks a sin? In the comments to the above linked question, depperm correctly points out that, as ...
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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 based. ...
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Is asking for a quote on topic here?

I'm looking for an C.S Lewis quote (where he talks about trees an dryades) which I can citate analogous. Is a question like this on topic here?
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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 do questions that the Bible has answers for keep being put on hold?

I am new to this site. I can answer a lot of these questions that are on hold from the Bible, like the one about the hem of the garment, or what Jesus and Paul said about the Law. These are legitimate ...
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What constitutes "debating"?

Note: To show no favoritism to any particular view, I'm going to refer to two theological ideas as Xism and Yism. Is it "doctrinal debating" (thus presumably off-topic) to point out that in a post ...
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Are questions about the conduct of Christian Studies at an academic level on topic here?

The question that prompted this query: Is there funding to Present at the SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) both/either the international or national one? Is such a question on-topic or off-...
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Intelligent Design should be off-topic unless it is specifically related to Christianity in the question

Intelligent Design is a philosophy that comments on the origins of species. It is often pitted against a naturalistic Theory of Evolution, and is even more often conflated with Christian Creationism. ...
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History and theology, or just current doctrine?

Is this place suitable for asking about the history of Christian churches, how they changed over time, and became what they are seen today?
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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 in here. 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 ...
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Should 'Protestants' be used as a general group for asking theological and praxical questions?

Christianity under the umbrella of 'Protestants' is still incredibly diverse. I see a lot of questions asked on this site along the lines of 'what do protestants believe about X' or 'what is the ...
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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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Definition of "cult"

This question (as well as a few others by the same OP) is scoped to seek answers from "non-cults." This terminology concerns me greatly, and lead to some comments, and eventually a chat discussion on ...
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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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Unfair downvoting and judgement of my answers

At first I thought this was happening, but wasn't totally sure if it was just random, or not. I am now completely sure that there is some definite unfairness in downvoting and now, deleting my posted ...
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Should this question be open?

Continuing my no doubt increasingly tiresome series of question in an effort to "get" this site. Should this question be open? It looks to me like a classic "Is X a sin?" type question. However, it ...
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Is this question on topic?

I am struggling a bit with the nuances of on and off topic questions. Is this question on topic? If so under which acceptable question format does it fall? Don't misunderstand me, I'm not pointing ...
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Are questions on Christian practices off-topic (in light of the patriotic worship question)?

I recently asked this question concerning a Christian practice in the USA associated with July 4th. This is certainly a Christian worship practice - an event within the calendar for certain churches ...
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Where did the question concerning YHWH/Elohim being part of the Egyptian/Canaanite pantheon go?

I'm sure that one of these questions was decent among all the guff that was appearing on here yesterday? Did it get deleted? Was it off-topic and if so why?
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Why does God...?

We continue to receive "Why does God...?" types of questions: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/q/32535/20 Why does God punish us when He gives us free-will? Why does God command us to have ...
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"Biblical basis" vs "what the Bible says about a subject"

We seem to have a more or less a consensus on our site that asking for the Biblical basis for a doctrine is permitted, even encouraged. We also tend to allow "What does the Bible say about X?&...
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Are questions about personal theories on-topic? [duplicate]

We have an new question about Paul's relation to Jonathan. The OP admits its his own historical theory, uncorroborated by anyone. Thus he's seeking that corroboration here. It is my own ...
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Does Chistianity.SE keep a list of factions that self-identify as Christian?

According to the rule that questions should be specific to a particular viewpoint of Christianity, many questions are marked as "too broad" or "off topic." So, it is common to advise an asker to edit ...
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The value of questions without a denomination/tradition

This site has many good questions that aren't scope to a particular denomination or tradition. Here are some I found tagged with biblical-basis: What is the Biblical basis for withholding communion ...
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We can't handle the truth

As new members join a site called "Christianity," it is understandably common that many will ask the sorts of questions that would be asked of a pastor, in a church Bible study, or over a cup of ...
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Verbiage for new "Truth Question" close reason

Followup to: Can we have a close reason for “Truth Questions”? We need some concise, and very new-user friendly verbiage for the new close reason, related to "Truth Questions" (of which Is X a sin? ...
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New On-Topic verbiage for "Truth Questions"

Followup to: Can we have a close reason for “Truth Questions”? The current on topic section of our help says that questions are on topic if they are about: understanding the Bible from the ...
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Are questions on a Creationist explanation for scientific observation on topic here?

As an example this question has, as of this writing, 4 votes to close, and some critical comments. I see this question as an example of a formula, which could be repeated practically infinitely. ...
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Would certain questions about contemporary church leaders be on-topic for C.SE purposes? [duplicate]

It has already been established that questions about historic church leaders can be on-topic, if they are in keeping with the other guidelines for germane content. Would similarly-scoped questions ...
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Is this on topic? [duplicate]

Who symbolizes Christ in J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"? This is certainly not about Christian doctrines. The works are certainly not theological, though may have religious ...
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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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Is methodology advice to pastors too subjective to deal with here?

I just kicked in a 3rd (and because I'm a mod, binding) close vote for this question: How do protestant youth group ministers reach apathetic parents of religious education students? However, I have ...
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Is this question about the Archbishop of Canterbury on topic?

Who might replace Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury? Is this a good question for this site? As I mentioned in a comment on the question, it strikes me as bad for two reasons: It's ...
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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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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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On-Topic and Constructive Examples [duplicate]

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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