FAQ/Guidelines


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Welcome to the BioLogos Forum! This is a place for gracious dialogue about faith and science. If you are unfamiliar with BioLogos, you are strongly encouraged to visit BioLogos.org to learn about our mission and beliefs.

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Please review the rules and guidelines for gracious dialogue before you post. Feel free to message the moderation team (@moderators) with any questions you have, or if you need additional assistance using the forum software. We look forward to your participation!

Expectations for Gracious Dialogue

"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."-Colossians 4:6

At BioLogos, “gracious dialogue” means demonstrating the grace of Christ as we dialogue together about the tough issues of science and faith. Whatever your stance on evolution and Christian faith, we welcome your gracious, thoughtful contribution. The Church desperately needs to learn how to discuss these important issues with charity and humility. We hope it can begin here.

  • Focus on discussing other people’s ideas, not on evaluating their character, faith, communication style, or perceived “tone.” Please avoid attributing beliefs, motivations, or attitudes to others.

  • Contribute thoughts that are relevant to the topic at hand, and avoid intentionally steering a conversation off-topic.

  • Assume legitimate Christian faith on the part of other people, unless they identify otherwise. The purpose of discussions here is not to judge the legitimacy or efficacy of anyone’s faith or lack of faith.

  • Be willing to learn from the perspectives and expertise of others and respect the diversity of your conversation partners. This includes being sensitive to differences in educational backgrounds, faith traditions, cultural contexts, and levels of English language fluency.

  • State your case and then respect other people’s right to agree or disagree. Avoid repeating the same ideas over and over because you have failed to convince everyone to accept your viewpoint.

Open Forum, Blog Post, or Homeschool Forum?

Almost all threads on the Forum belong to one of the three categories above.
Anyone is welcome to respond to a post or start a discussion thread in the Open Forum. Anyone is welcome to comment on a BioLogos blog post. Please note that the Homeschooling Forum is dedicated to evolutionary creationist homeschoolers and people who support them. It is for encouragement and networking, not debate. Posts by users who do not respect the purpose of the Homeschooling Forum will be deleted.

Starting a Discussion

Anyone is welcome to start a new discussion thread. Opening posts should have some relationship to the intersection of faith and science. Try to include a question or conversation starter that invites others to interact. A specific topic or focused question will generate more interaction than a long, rambling essay full of general observations. Please avoid posting long manifestos about your worldview, as these do not invite conversation.

Links to Outside Content

Any thread that begins with a post intended to direct traffic away to a different website will be deleted as spam. The point of this Forum is to foster conversation here, not point to other conversations or content elsewhere. Please do not put a link to your own blog or website in the first post in a new thread. It is acceptable within the course of a discussion to include links to support your claims, document your sources, provide more detailed information, or alert other people to content of interest. These will be evaluated by the moderators on an individual basis.

Politics and Religion

Please note that we do not host discussions that are primarily political in nature. If a politically charged topic is mentioned in passing by others in the course of a discussion, please do not take it as an invitation to argue for your personal political views on that topic. Also, since this is a Christian discussion forum, we expect that basic Christian presuppositions like “God is good” and “the Bible is true” will not be constantly challenged by those who do not share those presuppositions. People of all beliefs are welcome to discuss evolutionary creationism here, but this is not the right place for debates on God’s existence or the general merits of the Christian faith.

Private Messages

If you would like to interact with another user on a specific topic but suspect it is not of interest to the majority of other users, please make use of the private message system. Although private messages are not moderated, they are accessible to the moderation team and the same expectations for gracious dialogue apply. Anyone found using the private message system to intimidate, harass, or demean another user will be blocked from the forum. Please report abuses or instances of repeated unwanted contact to the moderation team.

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For a great description of how to engage in gracious dialogue about origins, please see this article by Jen Zamzow.