Discussions of Other Religions

Followers of various religions—Christian and non-Christian—sometimes behave in ways that discredit their religion in the eyes of the world. On the Catholic Answers Forums, we expect members to avoid condemning an entire religion, and/or all of its followers, because of the evil deeds of a few. Please review the following forum guidelines when discussing other religions on CAF.

Members are not allowed to denigrate people of other religions, speak scornfully about other religions, or speak of other religions in inflammatory terms (e.g., calling a religion a “religion of war”). If a member does so in violation of these rules, he or she will generally be counseled first and suspended if he or she persists in inflammatory postings.

Members are free to discuss, dialogue, question, disagree with, and debate the doctrines and dogmas of both Catholicism and non-Catholic religions. However, all discourse must be civil and charitable.

Guidelines

For both Catholic and non-Catholic posters:
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*]**It is acceptable to question the doctrine or dogma of another’s faith **
*]**It is never acceptable to question the sincerity of an individual’s beliefs **
*]*Bringing up historical controversies peculiar to a particular religion should be done cautiously **
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*]**It is acceptable to discuss the effect the incident had on current policy or practice. **
*]**It is acceptable to seek the truth vs. commonly-held beliefs or conventional wisdom about actual events. **
*]**It is fallacious reasoning to use embarrassing incidents to claim that they “prove” a particular religion is false. **
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*]**Expecting members of any Church to defend or answer for the excesses or extremism of bodies that have broken with it is a technique that has no merit and can’t be defended. **
[/LIST]*It is our observation that discussion of such past events rarely serves a useful purpose and inevitably opens a thread to posts that violate forum rules and/or the bounds of civil discourse. So, while such threads may be useful, they raise a red flag for the Moderation staff.

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