We were asked about rules for book discussions, and so we discussed our philosophy for Scholé Sisters and came up with these… 🙂
The short version:
1. The books must be worthy.
2. The conversation must be gracious.
3. We expect conformity to the Nicene Creed (either version) — because Scholé Sisters is about classical Christian education.
The long version:
The number one rule when it comes to book discussions is: choose a worthy book. We will not attempt a strict definition of what a worthy book is, but rather hold up books such as 50 Shades of Gray as books to avoid and leave it at that.
Because education is an outworking of our theology, we do not avoid theological conversations here on the Scholé Sisters Forum. We expect conversations here to remain within the context of the Nicene Creed (either version). There will be differences of opinion, and we believe that this tends to be where growth happens, as long as kindness governs the conversation.
When it comes to theological discussions, we hope the focus will be on explaining and defining rather than attempting to convert one another — there are Catholics, Protestants, and Eastern Orthodox here, and we respect each sister’s right to her own faith tradition. Theoretically, we would close down any threads that seem counterproductive, but we hope we will never have to do that!
If you want a discussion to be narrower — within a specific faith tradition rather than within broad Christianity — please put that in the title of the thread, and the it’ll be understood that the discussion is taking place within those parameters. Others are welcome to read along, of course, but that will be the defined framework for that particular thread.
Rule 4: Have fun. 😉
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