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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
@avi FWIW, they claim vociferously to be "not a church," but a secular site. – Isaac Moses Sep 8 '11 at 19:20
@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
I'd say that an active or semi-active user on the site is a gift. – avi Sep 8 '11 at 21:09
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31216/472 – Monica Cellio Dec 30 '14 at 3:26

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.


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
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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