With the increase of traffic and, subsequently, comments,  Thinking of God has decided to devise clear rules of engagement for commenting. After all, Thinking of God seeks to facilitate and promote healthy, transparent and constructive conversation on topics which are important to Christianity in Australia.

Please know that commenting on Thinking of God is a privilege, and as such, please treat others with a level of respect and courtesy. If you are a regular reader, you can help by pointing out the policies to those who may wander afoul of the rules below.

Our hope is that the conversation may be mutually edifying, that it will encourage and spur us to love and do good deeds and, most importantly, honor God.

In order to facilitate good and healthy dialogue, please ensure to keep to the following:

1. No Anonymous Comments

If you have something to say, don’t lurk in the shadows to say it. Be transparent and give us the respect of using your real name (as the authors have done). We will reject anonymous comments and those with unverifiable or false email addresses.

There are few exceptions to this rule (such as being a missionary in a restricted access country) and you must state “why” in your comment.

2. Stay on Topic

Please try to keep comments on topic with the post you’re commenting on.

3. Disagreements are Allowed; Attacks are Not

We understand that everybody has different opinions, specifically on heated topics. However, whilst we allow arguments and disagreements, personal attacks are never called-for nor permitted. We do not allow ad hominem attacks here. We do allow robust discussion and critical thought, even if you target our opinions. If you think someone’s wrong,  just share your ideas politely.

No Trolls4. No Trolls Permitted

Call us racist against some fantasy races, but we do not allow trolls to wander here.

Whilst there are different species of trolls, they are all, as Wikipedia explains:

someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chatroom or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

We also do not take kindly to Leviticus trolls either which are, as David Ould states:

running the same old tired “shellfish in a coat of two or more fibres sold into slavery” type of arguments that sound so great when they’re in a script by Aaron Sorkin and there’s no-one around to cogently reply but actually have substantial and well-reasoned responses to them. In fact, just so we’re absolutely clear, I define as a “Leviticus troll” anyone commenting on this site in this way who has not gone to Tim Keller’s excellent article on the subject of consistency between the Old and New Testament and has made an effort to understand the argument there or any of the innumerable other places it has been made. If you’re having trouble with that then the clue to discerning Keller’s argument is the way that he deliberately uses phrases like “But the reason is made clear” and ” the main premise of the Bible” and, of course, his concluding paragraph.

Comments which are deemed to be posted by a troll will be deleted by moderators.

5. Do Not Feed the Trolls

Arguing with a troll just distracts from the conversation, and feeds their need for validation. Ignore them when they appear. Since we don’t moderate every single comment, they may not be immediately removed from the comment stream.

6. Break the Rules and You Will Be Blocked

This is always a last resort. But as we’ve mentioned no one has the “right” to comment on this blog. It’s a privilege.