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I was browsing meta.Christianity.SE recently when I noticed a question with a rather obvious (and good) answer that had not been posted. I was about to go ahead and answer it when I realized there might be a serious problem: by helping them out, we are in fact promoting that religion (or at minimum helping them promote their religion).

So is that indeed a problem?

Is it still a problem if that answer would put their religion in a bad light?

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I'd answer this question by looking up any teshuvot regarding entering an online church. –  avi Sep 8 '11 at 19:03
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@avi FWIW, they claim vociferously to be "not a church," but a secular site. –  Isaac Moses Sep 8 '11 at 19:20
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@avi Not quite a gift. This has the potential to help others in their religion (like giving a cross) –  yydl Sep 8 '11 at 20:15
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Not an answer, but a similar case worth considering: proposing and promoting a site feature that would be explicitly mutually beneficial to J.SE, C.SE, and a few other specific SE sites. –  Isaac Moses Sep 8 '11 at 21:48
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Why try to write to the blind? I tried once, and it was not well received. I was once Christian and understand how they are thinking. I'm still among the goyim so for me I would not be a big issue. As a ger I would be careful having contact with any contact with any other religions. If the internet were invented 500 years ago, during the Inquisition, would you have asked the same question then? –  Millthorn Sep 27 '12 at 0:10

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It's important to highlight that Christianity StackExchange has a very different atmosphere to Mi Yodeya. Christianity SE is very much true to its mission of being a Q&A site about Christianity. It is not a Christian site. And that post on meta isn't just a claim. It's lived up to throughout the site. In fact, it was recently brought up again in discussion of the design theme.

Just a heads up, we aren't a church and don't want to look/feel like one. In fact I think some visual clues that this is a secular QnA site with topic/theme of Christianity would be welcome.

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I'm saying the idea is that we are not a Christian site. We're on the outside looking in, not on the inside trying to reach out like church and "Christian" sites do.

Bearing that in mind, asking a question about Christianity, or indeed answering a question on the subject of Christianity should probably not necessarily be seen to count as aiding Christianity in any way.

Analysis of Jewish legal reasoning in this situation I will leave to others, I just wanted to clarify what the situation actually is.

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Indeed, while everything you wrote may be true, it may still be a problem from a Judaism perspective (like you indicate at the end of your answer). –  yydl Sep 27 '12 at 1:09
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Ironically, the overt Christianity site might be more permissible because of those claims than one that doesn't take a strong stance and/or allows doctrine-based contributions. –  Monica Cellio Dec 30 '14 at 3:31

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