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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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I'm new here and I'm having some difficulty understanding guidelines for questions

I'll handle this in two parts: the specific questions, and the bigger picture. Specific questions As originally written, the Street Bible question was definitely off-topic, as it asked for ...
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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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Are questions asking for answers to divulge sacred and secret ceremonies acceptable?

All such questions are acceptable here. To ban them would be censorship. But when a topic is sensitive it should be asked about with care. No one is under compulsion to answer any question here, but ...
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Are close-vote scope standards significantly different now than they used to be?

TLDR; Yes, standards have changed. More specifically, I see two distinct things that have changed: Biblical Hermeneutics launched as a sister site. Many of the "What does verse X mean?" questions ...
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Do you feel your question standards are ok as is?

I actually see where you are coming from. In fact I have been toying with the idea of advocating for lower expectations on questions. The problem is--and what I see your question here completely ...
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Can we please just ban scoping to Trinitarians and Anti-Trinitarians?

I strongly disagree with this, and I'm very confused about why you think these questions are even problematic. Trinitarian questions already have very clear scopes, the doctrine defined by the ...
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Can we please just ban scoping to Trinitarians and Anti-Trinitarians?

I humbly suggest that at the heart of the problems addressed in this most recent flurry of Meta activity is this: We are a company of people asking, answering, and commenting on things that we all ...
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Who are "Church fathers"?

Like any label, church fathers is imprecise, but I'd argue that it's more precise than some of the others you called out ("conservative," "notable," etc.). To me the Wikipedia definition is pretty ...
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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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What do I need to know about Christian denominations in order to ask an on-topic question at Christianity.SE?

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. ...
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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 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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Should "Is there a trend toward not capitalizing the word "Bible"?" have been closed?

We have many other questions about Christian language, such as the phrase tag, and other questions such as these: Is there any substantive difference between the verbal reference "second ...
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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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What about non denominational questions?

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 ...
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Is it okay for Unitarians to answer questions that do not ask for a specific denomination or sect?

Is this okay with everyone? No, it is not okay. Just because it's tagged biblical-basis does not exempt answers from following the same scoping rules we do across the site. You may not post a ...
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Intent of Christianity.SE and the new SO Documentation feature

The SO Documentation format is highly tuned for the programming world. It's great for what it sets out to do (at least I think it will be), and some parts of it would be applicable to us — but using ...
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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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Must answers comply with the tags associated to the question? and other questions

Tagging is to help find and sort questions - they should apply to the context of the question, questions themselves still have to have all the context in them. So, if I tag a question virgin-mary ...
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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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Why is there a philosophy tag if philosophical questions are off-topic?

General philosophy questions aren't on topic here. Historical or theological philosophy questions can be. Here are some examples: What influence did Greek philosophy have on the formation of orthodox ...
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Are questions asking for answers to divulge sacred and secret ceremonies acceptable?

Yes, this site allows these types of questions to be asked and answered. If it is a fact that certain groups that self-identify as Christians do (or don't) have secret practices and rituals that they'...
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Why not more emphasis on own search?

On most sites in the network the criteria for downvoting and closing are essentially completely separate. Only a few sites, like ELU for example, make lack of research a reason to close a question. ...
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How broad can a question be?

Great question! Unfortunately, like most great questions, the answer is, "it depends." When evaluating the breadth of a question like your example, I take the following into consideration, more or ...
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What about non denominational questions?

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 ...
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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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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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