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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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How are you promoting their religion with an answer that puts it in a bad light? –  Gershon Gold Sep 8 '11 at 17:48
@Gershon well you're still helping them, even if it's in some negligible way –  yydl Sep 8 '11 at 18:03
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

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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.


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

As a member of the Christianity.SE site, I would say that EVERYONE is welcome, as long as they stick to the rules and make questions related to Christianity.

edit- to respond to some of the comments. The point of an SE site is to help people answer questions they have about a topic, not to promote that topic.

edit 2- also, this question should probably be on the Judaism meta site instead of the main site

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DForck42, Welcome to Judaism.SE, and thanks very much for sharing your perspective on this question! To be honest, a major reason that I choose to be involved with Judaism.SE is that I see it as a tool for advancing the knowledge and practice of Judaism. Not promoting it to people who aren't already Jewish, but certainly facilitating and encouraging more and better knowledge and practice by those who are. As such, I see the work done here as religiously valuable. I'd be surprised if at least some people on Christianity.SE didn't feel similarly about that site. –  Isaac Moses Sep 8 '11 at 21:34
Regarding you point about meta, this is actually a question about Jewish practice, so it's appropriate here. I was thinking about adding the meta tag, but it's not really about this site, so I don't think the tag would fit! –  Isaac Moses Sep 8 '11 at 21:39
@Isaac Moses, yeah after reading the question again after my second edit i saw that it could go either way. –  DForck42 Sep 8 '11 at 21:41
Any answer that says "no" you can't participate, has nothing to do with the SE site itself. Rather they are answer a question about theology and the limits of theological discussions, (if any exist) So I would hope that if a 'no' answer does appear, that its not taken as an insult or a critique of apposing religious sites. –  avi Sep 8 '11 at 21:50
@IsaacMoses. There's a rather different atmosphere on Christianity SE than there is here, and the posts on meta about the secular nature of the site are actually taken quite seriously. –  TRiG Jul 19 '12 at 23:48

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