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Forum Policies and Rules

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AB, Canada
Christian Apologetics is, by definition, a rational defense of the Christian faith. The word "apologetics" comes from the Greek word apologia, which means to give a defense or a reason. A significant passage where apologia is used1 Peter 3:15-16:

1Pe 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
1Pe 3:16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. (ESV)

With that passage in mind, the following must be adhered to when posting in the Apologetics forum:

1. All posts are to be given "with gentleness and respect." Treat others as you wish to be treated, "so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame."

2. Focus on the issue being debated. Do not direct your comments toward the member and make the discussion personal if you disagree with what's been said.

3. No Scripture is necessary for debate on some topics in the Apologetics directory.

4. Where Scripture is concerned, do not make the unsupported claim that another member's position has no basis in Scripture. If you believe that someone is in error you must respectfully cite Scripture to support your assertion. Assume they have interpreted Scripture in an honest attempt to understand the Word of the Lord.

5. Where Scripture is not concerned, do not make the unsupported claim that another member's position has no support or no basis in reality. Assume that they have done their best to understand the argument(s) being presented. If you think a member has not understood what they are responding to, or if you are unsure what another member means by what they have posted, ask questions for clarification.

6. Do not insinuate that another member is joking or being laughable unless they specifically state that they are.

7. Do not use phrases such as, “You’re wrong,” or any other similar phrase. This is insulting and inappropriate and there are nicer ways to disagree without being insulting.

8. Once you have made a point, refrain from flooding the forum with numerous posts making the same point over and over with nothing new to support it.

9. You may ask a member questions as to what they believe on certain topics relative to the subject of the thread, but keep in mind the member is under no obligation to answer. Do not speak for other members by declaring what they believe or make leaps and draw your own conclusions. Let them state their own beliefs and arguments.

10. Failing to answer someone’s question doesn’t necessarily amount to an admission of error or surrender but keep in mind that in any debate, if you refuse to or cannot answer a reasonable question, it may weaken your position.

11. If you make a truth claim, provide reasoning or evidence to back up your claim.

12. Violations of these Apologetics Forum rules are subject to the same disciplinary consequences as failing to adhere to the ToS.

Please check these rules once in a while as they are subject to change as needed at the staff's discretion.
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