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History and theology, or just current doctrine?

Yes, absolutely. The only caveat I would add is to make sure you ask specific questions. Don't throw out questions that would require sweeping generalizations to answer; include details about exactly ...
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Unfair downvoting and judgement of my answers

the problem is that you are simply not operating within site guidelines. You ask questions that beg for opinion, and your answers give your opinions. Moderators and other users alike have attempted ...
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Is dream interpretation on topic?

Questions here need to be ones that can have definitive answers, backed up with evidence, reason and references. How could anyone possibly interpret a dream definitively and back it up like that?
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"Biblical basis" vs "what the Bible says about a subject"

There is a clear, quantifiable difference between the two. "What does the Bible say about a subject" leaves conflicting answers far too often. What does the Bible say the age of the earth is? What ...
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Why is this stack exchange never about christian issues?

Can I suggest that your view of what "Christian issues" consist of is far too narrow: it basically boils down to two things: the Bible, and apologetics. We aren't so narrow here. Instead you'...
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Why does God...?

Considering the volume that we get of that, I'm okay with neglecting any taxonomic labels on it and just giving it a special close reason with a decent explanation for why we cannot (will not) answer ...
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Definition of "cult"

I would suggest that this meta post is somewhat more alarmist than the situation calls for. I would also respectfully disagree with David's suggestion of blanket closure for post using this ...
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Should 'Protestants' be used as a general group for asking theological and praxical questions?

Scoping should reflect the level of specificity required in the context of the question. "Protestants" should be considered valid if it is regarding something that is distinctive to the broad group ...
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We can't handle the truth

Maybe the site's name is deceiving, would something like "Christianity Study", "Christian Denominations", etc be more prudent? Even if the site's name doesn't change, we could just change the logo.
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Verbiage for new "Truth Question" close reason

Questions asking for the truth or validity of a particular doctrine or belief (aka Truth Questions), and questions asking Is X a Sin? are not a good fit for our site, due to their subjective nature, ...
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Does Chistianity.SE keep a list of factions that self-identify as Christian?

Short answer: NO Although it would seem like a great idea to document every different Denomination of Christianity, but it would take a lot of time and effort. Also the reason why there are so many ...
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Why do questions that the Bible has answers for keep being put on hold?

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 ...
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Why do questions that the Bible has answers for keep being put on hold?

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 ...
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Why does God...?

I absolutely think it should be off-topic. And I would support it being included as an example in the "General philosophical or sociological questions" close description. It's a combination of ...
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"Biblical basis" vs "what the Bible says about a subject"

Typically, I expect Stack Exchange websites to focus on verifiable answers; and I'm not sure that What does the Bible say about ... is typically verifiable—precisely because (as David says) ...
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Verbiage for new "Truth Question" close reason

My two cents: This question appears to be asking whether a certain teaching or belief is true. Since there are various opinions on this topic, the question can be re-phrased as "who is right". "Who ...
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Intelligent Design should be off-topic unless it is specifically related to Christianity in the question

Although it's true that ID proponents don't use Christian terminology in their scientific work, there should be little doubt that ID is a form of Christian creationism. 1) Every leading ID proponent ...
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Is asking for contact information for a Christian group on-topic?

Stack Exchange sites used to have a cookie cutter close reason for "Too Localized". Most of these questions fit the definition to a T. Although the close reason was bumped in favor of more common ...
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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?

I am in favor I am in favor of adding "...that do not focus on what a specific denomination or tradition teaches" to the "Is X a sin?" definition and making such questions on-topic in that context. ...
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New On-Topic verbiage for "Truth Questions"

I suggest rewriting the whole on topic section: the history of denominations (such as Roman Catholic, Anglican, Church of Christ or Later Day Saints) and movements (such as Pentecostalism, ...
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Why is this stack exchange never about christian issues?

This site is not a discussion forum, it is a Q&A site. What is on-topic and off-topic here is defined in such a way to try and make sure questions can be answered more or less opinion-free and ...
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Where did the question concerning YHWH/Elohim being part of the Egyptian/Canaanite pantheon go?

I deleted them. Each had been closed already, and each were far enough off-topic that there was little hope if editing them into shape. That's evidenced by the closure by the community and,the amount ...
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Should this question be open?

This is a case of the question title and body not matching. The body was clearly asking for the basis for this belief, whereas the title was truthy. I edited the title so now it's all good.
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Does Chistianity.SE keep a list of factions that self-identify as Christian?

I created this query which tracks questions tagged with specific traditions for the past 12 months. Here is some of the data visualized (I've aggregated some of the tags and excluded others in the ...
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Should 'Protestants' be used as a general group for asking theological and praxical questions?

Neither of the other answers mentions the "overview" type of question, which is certainly applicable in many questions asking "what do Protestants believe?" A question like "What do Protestants ...
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How can I make my Carstianity-joke question on-topic? (serious question)

I don't think you can make it on-topic. On-topic questions include those asking about the history of denominations (such as Roman Catholic, Anglican, Church of Christ or Latter Day Saints) and ...
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Is asking for contact information for a Christian group on-topic?

I like the questions. They're very practical. There's two issues however: They may be too localized. In other words they are very specific and therefore may help nobody other than the person asking. ...
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How can we pose a question on an alleged Bible contradiction without getting opinion based questions?

If one part of the Bible supports a doctrine and another part of the Bible seems to refute it, just ask "Why do people do X when the Bible clearly says to do Y". You can mention the ...
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What are the guidelines for church shopping questions?

Hmm. The thing is you're likely to end up with two groups of these questions. For one the answer will be some kind of generic protestant baptistish church. The others will be some fringe heterodox ...
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Are questions about the conduct of Christian Studies at an academic level on topic here?

The linked question that prompted this query does not fit any of the topics allowed here. It isn't a question about Christianity at all. An answer to this question would not provide any significant ...
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