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Any properly scoped question about the history, doctrine or practice of Christianity is on topic. The only exception to this is the so called pastoral advice question which seeks personal advice. To address your points one by one Definitely on topic. You might want to narrow it down to ask one question at a time, but generally if you've got a question ...


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In short, because people disagree about what the Bible says. So rather than asking "What does the Bible say?" we ask "What does the Catholic church think the Bible says about this topic?" or "How do Protestants interpret this passage?" It may help to think of this site as primarily documenting (through questions and answers) the beliefs and practices of ...


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It's because this isn't a site about "what does the Bible say?" but rather about "what do Christians believe?" That may seem like an insignificant difference, but when you consider the literally thousands of different Christian churches, each with their own way of interpreting many of the same Bible verses, it becomes very significant indeed!


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Short answer: it depends. In particular, the traditions/denominations that are helpful to know about depend on the topic of your question. As in most cases, Wikipedia is a great place to start. There's a "Major denominations" section of its Christianity article that provides a brief overview of beliefs. Some of these major denominations are more ...


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There's no policy against doing so, and it's not necessarily a bad thing. However, if they're looking for a specific answer, and they know the answer, then they can just answer it. If you really think this is the case, you might want to leave a friendly comment and a link back to this post so that they know that rather than posting leading questions and ...


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My two cents would be to edit the title and leave a note explaining why... And link back to this answer. The bottom line is that for people searching for an answer it's counter-productive to have misleading question titles. The mismatch makes it harder for end users. Most people just scan search result titles and only read the contents if the title appears ...


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Scoping can be done in any part of a question. When considering what the scope of a question is all parts should be taken into account: the site it is on, the title, the body and the tags.1 If the body spells out a direction for inquiry and limits to the result set that surely counts as valid scoping. That being said there are good reasons to encourage ...


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I think you provided your own answer: In that particular case, I probably should just put in more research effort to properly restrict the question. If you don't know which denomination to ask about, you probably need to do a bit more research. That doesn't mean that an open-ended question is inherently bad... but it's not a good fit for our site, where ...


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I wouldn't try too hard. If someone gives you a hard time in a comment, flag it and we moderators will deal with it. Because this is a website for learning about Christianity, we expect a civil academic tone in all discourse. Sometimes people will crack jokes in comments, I think this is OK as long as they're not derogatory. One thing we do require, or ...


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This site is a bit different from others, and has a different focus than general reference sites, like Wikipedia, and discussion sites, like Reddit and other forums. Instead, we are a Q&A site, where we attempt to communicate bite-sized pieces of information that directly deals with specific, objective questions. In your situation, it sounds like you ...


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Out of ten questions you've asked, seven of them are deleted and all of them had negative scores except one. Stack Exchange's algorithm for deciding to question-ban someone includes those deleted questions. Not even the mods have any control over question and answer bans so we can't do anything about that. Tl;dr: you didn't only have one bad question; you ...


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It's possible. Your history also shows two down-voted deleted questions. Those factor in as well, so right now you're running about 50/50. The bounty didn't affect you. That doesn't factor into the calculations. Just focus on asking questions within the site's guidelines and you should be fine. All of the following should be helpful... Probably it's ...


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Scoping in question bodies should be considered legitimate, but as much as possible scoping should be included in the title. Scoping should generally be included in the question title. However, there is also value in brief, punchy question titles. Thus, in some cases, it may be best for some scoping to be done only in the question body. In such (limited) ...


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Surely this is a consequence of a restricted search field - the ask search is over question titles (more likely to be directly relevant to you in this particular instance when you have a well defined question, but not necessarily in other cases) whereas general search includes Q & A bodies, tags, and titles.


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You have experienced suspensions and question bans on multiple SE sites. I've seen poor quality questions from you here, on Aviation.SE, on EE.SE, and on Physics.SE I've seen questions from you on the metas for all the above sites and on the main Meta.SE asking about how question bans work, why you're still unable to ask after doing some work on your ...


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Your most recent attempt was very close; it actually got six reopen votes, but they were too spread out to actually reopen the question. If it had been originally asked in its current form, then it may not have ever been closed. But I think there are ways to improve it. First of all, remember that "Christians" for the purpose of this site ...


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To answer your titular question in an unsatisfying way – it depends. For a slightly more satisfying answer, let's look at three examples of "biblical definition" questions: What is a "talent" of gold? What is the Lake of Fire? What is the Holy Spirit? All three of these could be classified as "biblical definition," but the differences between them help ...


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I don't think that question is going to work here no matter what minor tweaks you make to it. The issue wasn't really the "clergy" wording, the issue is that it's a fishing question. These are inherently similar to another genre: exploratory theology questions. See the discussion at Are exploratory questions (i.e. ones that develop new theology) off topic? ...


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Regarding question 2. Split it into two questions. One for Inquisitions, the other for "Protestants." Don't use the term Protestant. Yes, it's derived from the word protest, but that doesn't mean all Christian groups that split from another are properly referred to by that name. Protestant has come to refer to a specific movement in history. Are FLDS ...


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Question 1: This isn't bad and I wouldn't downvote it, but neither is it very interesting. Long quotes, especially from poor literalish translations, are generally unengaging. I would start by explaining what 'Aphthartodocetism' means. I'd then write half a sentence explaining that Justinian wrote against it. I'd then find a very short quote from someone ...


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As David mentions, if one wants to do catechesis or apologetics for a group of doctrines—which is what this is, in my interpretation—that's acceptable to the site as a whole (although I had to think hard about it before I decided that I agreed with it). And it's a form of Socratic teaching, I suppose. But usually the purpose of asking a question ...


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They look like two completely different questions to me. "Was Jesus a separate god?" According to perspective X he was. "How does the concept of the trinity fit with this concept of Jesus being a separate God?" According to Trinitarians that's a non-sequitur.


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I'm glad to see that you've come here to discuss the question, rather than stomping off in a huff. Thanks for that! If you are really interested iin the general question, the most important thing is to keep it general. Don't go to great lengths to provide examples - for the general case, exactly what has been said or done doesn't matter as much as the fact ...


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I'm pretty sure you'd biting off more than one question can chew. There are two main problems with with what you're trying to do: The question assumes the answer is a straight forward matter of history, but it's not. You have several significant perspectives on the issue. The Catholic church will try to defend its traditions as merely preserved while other ...


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I noticed another example today that illustrates what I think is wrong with this type of question. (I've tried to keep this generic and not mention specific questions or users.) The question I saw, was actually two distinct questions: What's the basis for activity A? What other similar activities are there and how are they different from A? In this case,...


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For a while now, I've thought questions basically asking for some simple exegesis are being wrongly closed as "Truth questions". I'd rather we devise a formula for asking and answering them. Biblical basis is such a formula, and it usually works. Exegesis is a straightforward topic that can be approached apathetically. Yes, there's some opinion in it, but I ...


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The question you asked is essentially a list question with all the typical problems: (yes I know you asked if anyone else had a list, but that's just pushing the problems somewhere else) Hard to compile Constantly out of date Massive scope (ETS for example has over 4000 members, and that's only one academic society) The criteria for being on the list are ...


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Question: What do I need to know about Christian denominations in order to ask an on-topic question at Christianity.SE? I'd say the most basic thing is the name of the denomination. Asking about what "Christians" believe is hard because there are 2.18 billion Christians in the world, and they don't have a unified belief system. However, denominations are ...


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It is not a Christianity SE answer, it is my own opinion (having nearly zero experience on this site). Be careful with the Internet, anybody can say to you anything. It is not a big problem, if you get, for example, some false information about the taste of the electrons. (It was only an example, I think you've got very high quality answers for your this ...


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Currently the topics of Christianity.stackexchange are not supposed to be as much about the bible as you might have thought. Topics are limited to Christianity, and its religious teachings. These teachings are some times bible based, but the official church traditions are the reference. Some of the answers to questions, are using bible quotes, and bible ...


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