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Trouble understanding the the primarily opinion-based close reason in the context of this site seems to be trending today. Let me see if I can clear a few things up in regard to it. First lets take a look at the stock copy: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost ...


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Before either site existed, I wrote: Biblical Hermeneutics, as I've come to understand, turns out to be a very technical topic not dissimilar from programming (at least the debugging side) or historical research. and: I am a Christian and I believe a general Christianity Q&A site will be very challenging to moderate because of the question of ...


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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 terminology. Even though I think it is an unfortunate side effect of ignorance and sloppy media usage, I do understand that term "cult" is commonly used as a pejorative, ...


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Well, actually, everything about Christianity is somebody's opinion. Here on this site we try our best to stick to describing those various opinions. We try not to take sides and appear like the site supports one opinion over another. In a different post I have outlined 6 of the most common question types on this site that are unlikely to be closed. At this ...


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In addition to Jon's great answer, I wanted to weigh in on a few additional differences. BH.SE's site distinctives were based directly off of C.SE's, so there are a lot of similarities. One of the main differences is that BH.SE narrowly focuses on questions that start from a specific biblical text or the processes of studying/interpreting biblical texts and ...


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I think the addition is congruent with current site culture. I favor this improvement.


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It's a general StackExchange concept. The main site is for asking questions about the site's theme--Christianity, in this case. The meta site is for issues related to the site itself. For example, you seem to have the basic idea already. You asked this question here, and not on the main site, which is the right way to do it, because this is a question ...


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My vote goes to no. Adding "According to X" only salvages certain types of questions. The only situation where this phrase actually salvages a question is when the question already has to do with Christianity. Example: Some new seeker comes and asks "According to Christianity, is premarital sex a sin?" This is something addressed in most Christian ...


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Abstract Bible questions should be redirected to Biblical Hermeneutics unless they are doctrine questions in disguise. Those should be couched in terms of the doctrine they are addressing, not in terms of the Bible directly. Unless the question is literally asking for a trivial search of the Bible, in which case the question needs to be closed. The Bible ...


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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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Pay Attention To The Tags on Questions to Avoid Confusion. I strongly suggest that you pay close attention to the tags under each question. That will prevent most of the confusion. If the question is tagged "Catholicism" then any answer worthy of a vote has to come from a Catholic point of view. If the question is tagged "Reformed" or &...


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In my experience Sola/Prima Scriptura is not a useful scope for anything other than questions about those doctrines themselves. It's too broad and sets no rules or guidelines on questions concerning Biblical theology. Instead I think you should simply scope the questions according to the type of Biblical theology or the author who has taught it. So you ...


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No, "cult" has no meaning on this site. The standard usage is derogatory and, in the context of the questions you cited, it clearly means "not real Christians". From the Help center: Who are considered Christians here? As far as the scope of this site is concerned, any group that identifies themselves as Christian are to be considered on-topic ...


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The question is too broad; you need to be more specific. I think you're looking for something like "is there extra-biblical evidence that Jesus rose from the dead?" It doesn't ask for opinions or personal interpretation; Christianity stands or falls on that question, so it would be factual evidence for (or against) Christianity. We would be unable to speak ...


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This is what the site currently says its about: 'Q&A for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more'. Above Caleb writes 'Brothers, we are not Christians!!' It seems at best misleading, at worst dishonest, and either way very weird to claim to be a site where committed Christians can ask questions but only receive ...


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Since I personally believe Type 2 is the trend among evangelicals and conservative Christians of any denominations nowadays, we'll see more visitors asking from this perspective (myself included). I also personally believe that C.S. Lewis's priority of Mere Christianity would have identified himself with Type 2, or with a church father no later than the ...


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I would love that to be the case, the problem is, when this site got started on area51 , the "powers that be" rolled up 3 or 4 disparate sites into this one. I followed the Catholicism site proposal, but not this one, although I am the first user on this site and find it a great place to ask questions about the Catholic Church, and it eventually became ...


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Caleb's definition of "cult" (which Flimzy linked, but proof-texted heavily in the question) provides a very useful and objective explanation of why Mormonism is correctly identified as a "Christian cult". As such, requesting answers from "non-cults (e.g. Mormonism)" does not in any way suggest that Mormon doctrine is off-topic for this site, etc. It simply ...


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No, it wouldn't salvage questions that are off-topic or too localized. Are you asking about questions that we know are too broad to have one unified answer? Don't edit them. Close them after showing that there is reason to believe that Christians generally disagree on the topic (you might list two major denominations that disagree in a comment). We do not ...


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