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Under current site guidelines, a theology question must specify a denomination or other group whose perspective they want. There is no such thing as (universal) "Christian Doctrine." So, the question was properly closed.


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As you might know, welcoming new users—especially by avoiding overly terse and snarky comments—is a current focus on the network as a whole. Personally, I think the idea of welcoming new users is an extremely important habit for small sites, such as ours, to get into. In fact, I've written a set of guidelines for a sister site. The message you ...


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The five of us who voted to close the question saw this first. There's some pretty obvious problems there. It's not exactly clear what he's asking. There isn't even a question in the body. Caleb's comment covers it pretty well: This questions seems to have two main issues. ① It reads as more of a statement than a question and ② whatever the question is ...


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First of all, it shouldn't come as such a shock that your question was deemed to be too broad. I warned you specifically this would be a challenge before you even asked the question: @FMShyanguya I would like to see a question that helps sort out the different labels used both inside and outside the Catholic church. It seems it might be hard to do it ...


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You asked these questions: In what context are all these labels used, what do they signify, and what is their canonical status according to the RCC? Are some or all of them considered schismatics by the RCC? about these groups/labels: Traditional Catholics SSPX - Society of St. Pius X. Opus Dei 'Ultra-Conservative'. Jesuit. ...


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I can't vote to close, but I did flag it as too broad and commented something like: "This is more like 10 questions." It's too broad because what you're asking is, "what are all the different ways the Catholic Church can be considered to be structured." And that clearly - to me, at least - calls for several very long answers. You've kept your answer ...


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Since no one has posted an answer (ahem), allow me to copy suggest that we: Revert the recent edits Close the question Put a historical lock on it This allows us to make no changes to the answers or associated duplicate questions. This is definitely the cleanest approach, and I'm particularly inclined toward it given the OP's approval in comments above (...


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You were lucky that only conservative answers were given, but given time other competing answers surely would have been written. If you haven't come across Christians who call God pronouns other than he/him, then your experience of broader Christianity is far from complete. By comparison, the other questions in that search which are still open are ones which ...


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As a mod if I close something I try to let the user (Specially new ones) know both why I am closing the question and also what I feel they can do to improve it. This is encouraged, but is not required. If the question is not being closed as a duplicate it probably deserves a comment. This has actually been a discussion on the larger SEI blog recently ...


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"Is X a sin?" questions are usually problematic. They are usually unanswerable unless you address your question at a particular Christian tradition and interpretation framework. Question wording does matter. A question that could be acceptable if was worded differently should expect to be closed until it is worded differently. Once it had been edited into ...


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For some types of questions, we do this already – the Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange site is frequently referenced in response to questions that ask about the meaning of specific biblical texts. And Wikipedia and other reference sites are regularly mentioned when the answer is readily available and/or the question is too broad for this site. For ...


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I think cleaning up old questions is a good idea, but it should be done slowly and on a natural basis as people that are equipped to deal with them run across them. Often they can be fixed, but the edit process for each (particularly when there are already answers) takes time and care. Doing them as a batch will end up sealing their fate with a lot less TLC*....


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No, it should not be reopened' and the existing answers could be migrated.


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To answer the first, you ask a question here about it, though if you've edited it to fit the site's standards that's probably unnecessary. To answer the second, if you've edited a closed question, it automatically gets placed in the reopen queue to be viewed by people with reopen privileges on this site. If after a few days its not reopened and you feel it ...


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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. No it has not been, nor is it. Questions being put on hold (for any reason other than duplicate) is the start of the pathway to deletion. We don't do it right away because we want to give people an oportunity to edit them ...


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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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Whether you agree with them or not—whether you think the terms are legitimate and should be used or not—whether any one of the groups involved uses any of the terms or rejects them is irrelevant to the question. The terms exist. What they mean to the people that use them, specifically who they refer to and in what context the terms are meaningful is the only ...


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I think I see your point. But the question need fixing as you describe first... Closed questions are fair game for editing, even it ends up being a slight adjustment in scope from what the OP was asking, generally an open question serves them better than a closed one. Go ahead and make your suggested tweaks and then vote to re-open. That will put it in the ...


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For one, one of your primary assumptions of the question is not a consistent interpretation of how Christianity views this subject. This shows a lack of research effort on your part in asking the question. The fact of the matter is that Christianity does not universally condemn homosexuality as a sin - various groups view this practice differently, ...


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"Why" can make for a pretty open-ended question. According to the FAQ... You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. Also, the question that you mention asks why The Bible says something. It may ...


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I think only one question should remain open, though I don't have a strong opinion about which one. I'd naturally keep the older one open and close the newer one, though The Duke Of Marshall's question might be the better worded one. Let's look at his points one by one: 1: That post/question was asked by a trinitarian whereas this one was not. ...


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If a question already has answers then it is nearly always better to just make a new question. The old truth or primarily-opinion-based questions would require substantial edits to bring into line with the current site rules, and those edits would invalidate the existing answers. So to avoid having to delete those answers (which were often well received ...


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I don't think that's such a hot idea, The website is blocked by my company's firewall. Sounds like Protestant mischief. For Catholic mischief, I might as well tell you to ask it on catholicanswers.com since it would be equally topical. The consensus opinion of the site has been for some time that the Internet is a bad place to answer those kinds of ...


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I've reopened your most recent question, after considering the following: While substantially similar in content, it is narrower than the previously asked question, as it focuses on the appearance of Jesus rather than his genetics It might also be argued that asking for "theologians" instead of "writings" is narrower, but not by much Answers to the older ...


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I myself don't see that there is a correlation between it being a “personal question” and it being a question that only one person in the world would ask. Indeed, it often seems that I have many thoughts and concerns which never grace the minds or consciences of other people. (I believe someone once wrote something lamenting such a predicament.) Those ...


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An alternative to this question would be to ask what groups use non-masculine pronouns, and what is their reasoning for that, given that the scriptures exclusively use masculine pronouns. This question scopes answers toward a particular belief or practice and how that is defended. This is like a broader version of denominational scope (e.g. catholic, mormon, ...


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No, unless the question specifies some doctrine or system of doctrine "Are there any verses" is an open ended questions relying on personal interpretation. As it stands, some churches are open to personal interpretation and some churches are not. Since we can't agree on this as a Universal Church, we need to err on the side of requiring people asking a ...


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Only one of the four close votes on your question mentioned the list aspect. But you're right, there isn't an issue with lists here, that particular close vote was cast in error. The issue here (and why I cast the close vote), is that your criteria is too loose. What exactly is the definition of intelligence that you're using? What counts? More ...


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Caleb's response is a clear one, and wax eagle's response emphasizes the importance of completing preliminary research before asking a question. As far as why some have interpreted the tone as combative, here's a few explanations of what, specifically, they might be referring to. Quotes are from the original post. "But [you] notice a few things wrong ...


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Your original question title was: Are inter-faith marriages prohibited by the Bible? After it was closed, you edited it to: What does the Bible say about inter-faith marriages? Neither question is a good fit for this site, for essentially the same reason: both are "primarily opinion based" and/or "too broad." It might seem that asking "what the ...


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