Civil Discourse

Carl W. Conrad cwconrad at
Thu Jan 17 19:42:08 EST 2002

Two recent threads in this forum have displayed a disturbing lack of
civility in responses from list-members to each other; that poisons the
atmosphere of civil discourse that we are very eager to maintain on
B-Greek. Here's a reminder of what our FAQ has to say about list-focus and
constructive list-discourse:

4. What topics are ordinarily discussed on B-Greek?

Some topics ordinarily discussed on B-Greek are:

--The Greek language of the Bible and related texts such as the Greek
OT(Septuagint/LXX), Koiné Greek texts illustrative of the practice of
speakers and writers of Greek in the NT era, Patristic Greek texts, etc.;

--Resources for teaching and learning (Biblical) Greek: lexica, grammars,
morphological charts, web-sites, discussion-lists, etc.--including answers
to questions raised by beginners, whether they are working their own way
through a Greek textbook or studying Greek formally in schools;

--Bibliography pertaining to Biblical Greek topics;

--Specific Greek passages in the Biblical text about which one wishes to
raise questions or suggest alternative approaches;

--questions about Greek textual variants bearing on the interpretation of a
particular passage may be appropriate (but not general discussion of
textual criticism itself--for which there is a special list of its own; if
you are interested, you can find more information at


B-Greek is not a forum for general Bible issues, except insofar as they may
bear specifically upon interpretation of a particular Greek text, Neither
is it a forum general or specific hermeneutical or theological issues.

5. How can we keep discussion informative and constructive?

Comments should focus upon issues directly related to Biblical Greek or a
biblical Greek text. If, in the judgment of list-moderators, discussion is
moving beyond parameters deemed appropriate for the list, a thread may be
closed;those who continue to post on a closed thread may lose list

Those who participate in the conference represent a wide range of
theological and denominational perspectives, perhaps even including some
whose interests are purely academic.  Deep religious convictions surely
characterize many, perhaps most, of the list-participants, and some of
these convictions bear directly upon how the Biblical text is to be
understood. At the core of our discussion, however, is not what our
convictions are but what the Greek text may legitimately be understood to
mean. If discussion of this nature is to succeed, proper respect and
courtesy to other list members is important.  While scholarly debate,
including disagreement, is encouraged as a goal of this conference, attacks
upon the character, intelligence, or faith of those participating are not
acceptable. Criticism must focus upon the arguments of others; it may not
be directed to the individual.

B-Greek must not be used either to attack or to defend any particular
doctrine deemed "orthodox" by one or another individual or group; this is
not the forum for apologetic controversy.

Those who violate these policies will be contacted politely by the B-Greek
staff and requested to conform to these guidelines. Those who continue to
violate the policies will no longer be welcome in the conference.

Carl W. Conrad
Co-Chair, B-Greek List
Department of Classics, Washington University
cwconrad at OR cwconrad at

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