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One of the ways Christianity.SE avoids those flame wars is to insist that answers say what whole groups or denominations believe is the truth rather than saying what is the truth on a particular topic. What is the truth is a matter of opinion, and there are almost as many opinions as there are people. allowing such "truth" questions and answers leads to ...


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To answer the questions in your second paragraph, in short, yes, that's what we're trying to do (sort of), yes that's what we want (sort of) and yes that's a good thing (sort of). To the point of the average Googler, no, they aren't looking for denominational answers about Christianity, and no, they generally don't know how to scope a question properly here....


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In short, yes, it is a good thing. Flimzy does hit it on the head: I think we need to consider that many posters--especially after we go public--won't know which denomination/sect they are asking about. We need to allow room for these people to ask their questions without feeling punished. Frankly, most Christians think there are only two kinds of ...


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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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People like to use the term "non-denominational" as though it is a completely amorphous, shapeless mass that cannot be measured or categorized. But in fact, even though such churches don't associate with a denomination, their teachings can still be categorized with a bit of precision: Protestant Therefore trinitarian, sola scriptura, and sola fide Either ...


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Stack Exchange is similar to Wikipedia in that primary research is often discouraged (though not always, unlike Wikipedia.) Hermeneutics encourages it far more than Christianity. Here, in order to reduce the chance of popularity voting, most questions are about published explanations of belief. A lot of the time the problems aren't with new ideas in answers,...


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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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Ever the contrarian, I have to say I am afraid that you are right. We are teaching people a bad thing by forcing every issue to be considered in denominational lenses. It may be accurate, but the precision is all off. I am not arguing that people shouldn't clarify denominational constraints (it does make a question better generally), but I'm of the ...


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Like many other Christian movements there are a family of Pentecostal denominations. General characteristics: Protestant Evangelical Baptistic Charismatic Polity is often a weak association of churches, or an independent church, each headed by a (senior) minister I'm not aware of a single creedal document that holds the kind of influence that, for example,...


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This is entirely the fault of non-denominationalists1 for using confusing terminology and trying to pretend the elephant in the room doesn't exist. As much as many people inside the tradition would like to believe otherwise, non-denominational is itself a fairly specific theological tradition with a heritage, boundaries (albeit fuzzy ones), and norms that ...


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Would splitting religions of Christianity be too problematic? Yes. It would be too problematic. For many reasons. How would you define which group(s) belong on which site? How would you handle questions that apply to multiple groups? How would you handle small groups, that don't have a critical mass to have their own site (which, in reality, would probably ...


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I'm in favor of change like this. Let me attempt a concrete usage suggestion: denomination is used for the concept of denominations, and all five of the questions in the OP would fit in it What are the general categories of benefits of being part of a denomination? What is the difference between a denomination and a movement? Is Calvary Chapel a ...


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One reason for there being more denominationally scoped questions is because we goad users into making their Truth questions on-topic and the easiest shortcut to that is to add a denomination. But we've always allowed questions about the Bible, about a Biblical Basis for a belief or practice, about historical events, about the Church Fathers and we allow ...


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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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I understand and appreciate your question as I too have felt that we should be able to ask more "general christian / christology" questions. However, it has been my experience that the way the site is setup right now (opposed to the early days) is functioning very well. When you consider the purpose of the site and take a diver deep into what potential ...


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I'm not convinced that "put in more research effort" really deals with the problem because it essentially defeats the point of asking a question here in the first place. We maintain that good answers are well sourced and verifiable - in other words, the products of research. If we also require question-askers to put in a load of research before their ...


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