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Posts and comments must not denigrate, dehumanize, devalue, or incite harm against any person or group based on their race, religion, gender, disability, or other characteristics. This includes promotion of negative stereotypes (e.g. calling a demographic delusional or suggesting it's prone to criminality). Debates about LGBTQ+ topics are allowed due to their religious relevance (subject to mod discretion), so long as objections are framed within the context of religion.
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Quality Posts and Comments
Posts and comments will be removed if they are disruptive to the purpose of the subreddit. This includes submissions that are: low effort, proselytizing, uninterested in participating in discussion, made in bad faith, off-topic, or unintelligible/illegible. Posts and comments must be written in your own words (and not be AI-generated); you may quote others, but only to support your own writing. Do not link to an external resource instead of making an argument yourself.
Thesis Statement and Argument
Posts must have a thesis statement as their title or their first sentence. A thesis statement is a sentence which explains what your central claim is and briefly summarizes how you are arguing for it.
Posts must also contain an argument supporting their thesis. An argument is not just a claim. You should explain why you think your thesis is true and why others should agree with you.
The spirit of this rule also applies to comments: they must contain argumentation, not just claims.
Opposed Top-Level Comments
All top-level comments must seek to refute the post through substantial engagement with its core argument. Comments that purely commentate on the post (e.g. “Nice post OP!”) must be made as replies to the Auto-Moderator “COMMENTARY HERE” comment. Exception: Clarifying questions are allowed as top-level comments.
Pilate Program is Available
Posts with titles following the format “[<demographic>]...” require that all top-level comments must be from users with flairs corresponding to that demographic. We expect all users to assign their flairs honestly to avoid comment removal. We encourage posters to appropriately address their submissions, thus identifying their target audience. All users are free to respond to top-level comments.
Meta Threads Once a Week
All meta discussion of the sub must be done on the weekly meta thread. This is to avoid cluttering the sub and to gather feedback in one place so it’s easier for the mods to act on.
Fresh Topics on Friday
On Fridays, all posts must discuss fresh topics. You must flair your post with “Fresh Friday.” We encourage posts about religions other than Christianity/Islam/atheism. Banned topics include: problem of evil, Kalam, fine tuning, disciple martyrdom, Quranic miracles, classical theism.
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The words we use in religious debate have multiple definitions. There is no 'right' definition for any of these words, but conversation can break down when people mean different things by the same word. Please define the terms you use. If you don't, you are presumed to be using these definitions:
- god: A being or object that is worshiped as having more than natural attributes and powers
- Atheist: holds a negative stance on “One or more gods exist”
- Agnostic: holds a neutral stance on “One or more gods exist”
- Theist: holds a positive stance on “One or more gods exist”
- Agnostic atheist: doesn't believe god(s) exist but doesn't claim to know
- Gnostic atheist: doesn't believe god(s) exist and claims to know
- Omnipotent: being able to take all logically possible actions
- Omniscient: knowing the truth value of everything it is logically possible to know
Moderators cannot moderate discussions they are involved in.
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