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How to avoid pointless disputes when questions assume a specific doctrine is or is not true?

This was inspired by 2 Corinthians 6:16 a subtle reference to the Holy Spirit’s Deity?, but I'm not looking for responses that are specific to that question. The general problem is as I described in a ...
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I wasn't able to find in the on-topic page what exactly this site is about in terms of what are the rules in answering questions

I wasn't able to find in the on-topic page what exactly are like the...rules or paradigms or not sure of term for the site. Hopefully you'll know what I mean by the end of this post. The thing is......
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Are partial answers in comments permissisble?

I asked a question on this stack yesterday. The only 'answer' I've received up to now is a very short, poorly evidenced comment. The stack I'm most active on is the one for roleplaying games, where ...
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Answers that contradict the question

If a question is asking for support of a thesis, should answers that contradict the thesis be given? Those anwers are often found in comment which is not really supposed to be the right place.
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Specific answer that doesn't show any work

Recently flagged this post as not an answer which basically has "In the song, there is more detail. Was Sisera able to get up after the initial blow? Or is this some poetic add-on to spice up ...
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Answers without sources

In my own personal research, I came across information that was used as an answer for a question on the main site. The answer had no links or citing of the source material. It even looks as the ...
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If a closed question is re-asked on a more appropriate site, is it okay to copy one's answer to the second instance of the question?

sexuality - Why do the Ten Commandments not forbid bestiality? - Christianity Stack Exchange was recently closed for being off-topic (I would guess for asking "why" and not asking about a ...
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How should we do with uclear answers and answers that appeal to divine inspiration?

While in review queues, found two answers that particularly lead me to write this post, namely https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/50541/27054 https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/50505/...
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Guidelines on biblical citations

We are in a field where everybody has easy access to the primary text we study, through the paper versions many of us have at home and through online resources which also allow you to compare many ...
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When is it OK to answer a question using a theological argument supported by other biblical material?

The biblical texts are the product of a long history of collection, redaction and revision. Texts put forward different ideas because they were written by different people. But also often texts ...
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How are we to deal with non-mainstream positions with regards to methods and linguistics?

I have been active for a while here now, and it is a growing concern of mine that this site is not always capable of highlighting quality answers through vote counts. In other words, I'm worried that ...
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Is it considered bad manners to answer a question that has already been accepted?

Is it considered bad manners to answer a question that already has an accepted answer with a different response?
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Is there a policy for providing an answer that supplements a good answer already posted?

As I state in the question, is there a StackExchange (or BH.SE) policy about how to supplement a good and sufficient answer in a way that will add relevant information and depth of knowledge? I have ...
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Are Inductive Bible study answers welcome on this site?

I have been drawn to this site because of the academic knowledge represented here. This site is not afraid to handle difficult questions that often get glossed over or tossed aside unanswered in the ...
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How can we educate new users about our site distinctives?

Experienced users frequently remark that we attract a lot of first-time answers that significantly miss the mark. Answers from new users are often pure opinions, or tangential discussions that don't ...
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What is a good source?

The following represents the community's standing practices (based on meta votes) for citing sources in answers: Should it be a requirement to cite sources in answers? No, but it is strongly ...
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Can the Quran be used to explain Biblical verses?

I have seen here the NT being used to explain or elaborate the OT verses , its fair seeming to allow users to use the Quran which Muslims consider the FT (Final Testament) to explain and elaborate ...
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How much tangential information should we allow in answers?

One of the key advantages of Stack Exchange is that it encourages real answers to real questions. We do a lot to discourage and delete answers that are little more than opinion, free association, and ...
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What should we do with quote-only answers?

Previously this meta has addressed the issue of unattributed sources as answers. This answer, however, is a bit of a different issue. What I see going on here is that the user's entire answer is a ...
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What does "show your work" mean in the context of exegesis?

As a result of recent debate over whether certain answers would be considered acceptable on this site, we posed the question "What are we looking for in answers?". In my foray into the issue, I noted ...
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What are we looking for in answers?

There have been a lot of meta discussions in the last 18 months about specific aspects of, or handling of, answers (annotations, voting, editing, doctrine, etc). It was pointed out by the Community ...
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What to do about copied/unattributed quotes as answers?

A question from Jan 2012 about the placement of a comma in Luke 23:43 attracted this answer: The understanding of Luke 23:43 is influenced by the punctuation used by the translator. There was no ...
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Should we require answers to cite sources?

Over on the Skeptic site, they have a rule that all answers include references to sources. It's a hugely different site than ours, so such a rule isn't necessarily appropriate here. But there are ...
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Use of original languages

How should we view the use of the original Biblical languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) in questions and answers? Should transliteration be encouraged for the sake of those who are less familiar with ...
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