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Mar 30, 2018
Bible Version References
All Bible verses and passages must be referenced (NASB, NIV, etc.) unless it is public domain like the KJV, YLT, etc.
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This is not just a request, it's the law.

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:

1Peter 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,
1Peter 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 1 Peter 3:15-16 in mind, the following must be adhered to when posting in the Theology forum:

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 discussed. Do not direct your comments toward the member and make the discussion personal if you disagree with what's been said.
4. Assume other members have interpreted Scripture in an honest attempt to understand the Word of the Lord.
5. Assume that other members 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 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.
7. Once you have made a point, refrain from flooding the forum with additional threads or posts making the same point over and over.
8. As this forum is for serious theological discussion, relevant verses from the Bible and/or other supporting documentation must be given to support one's assertions, especially when asked for by others.
9. 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. Violations of these rules are subject to the same disciplinary actions as failing to adhere to the ToS. Please also see Staff Expectations.

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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