Just as this site allows and promotes discourse and contribution through public comments, we want to be transparent in our editorial approach and standard. This comes down to three aspects: our philosophy and mission that feeds the question planning (draft), the actual question publishing, and a distinctly separate section for editorial.
A question remains in “draft” state (unpublished and not available publically) until we believe enough scripture-blocks have been assembled to comprehensively answer the question from God’s word. Of course, this is arbitrary on our part. We want to feel that we have achieved at least 90-95% coverage of all Scripture that might answer the question.
This leads to our best practices which form the basis for how and when questions are published:
- Public Comment: The transparency needed to allow anyone to contribute with a passage that might help to further shape the Bible-based answer.
- The Minimum Requirement: Enough scripture-blocks to adequately and sufficiently answer the question without any known contradictory passages.
- Overload: There are some questions that could contain dozens and dozens of scripture-blocks in support. A good example is the question, “Does man have free will?“ where literally hundreds of passages might be used. In these cases, we want to try to limit to the best 15-20 scripture-blocks or try to re-focus the question more narrowly. This naturally spawns other, related questions where the “other” scripture-blocks will be used.