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I’m Irish, of English parents. I was brought up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but am now an atheist. I remain fascinated by religion, both those similar to the one I left, and those very different, though I am more interested by the cultural context and the way people approach their beliefs than I am in the actual theology. (From this angle, Liberal Christianity and Liberal Islam are quite similar, and Conservative Christianity and Conservative Islam are quite similar.) Because I am interested in the social context and the interaction of religion and society, I often see religion at its worst, when it is trying to impose its rules on others, being intolerant and sometimes frankly bigoted. As an antidote, to remind myself that religious people are not necessarily evil, I hang around slacktivist (whose writings often attempt to answer the question, Why does the religious right tell lies all the time?) and The Slacktiverse (where people of many religious backgrounds have very civilised arguments, often about literature).

I might describe my own views as empirical materialist (see Tim Minchin: “Storm”), and my philosophy is probably secular humanist (see Tim Minchin: “White Wine in the Sun”).


Aug
30
awarded  Yearling
Aug
3
accepted How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?
Jul
17
revised Who were the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices?
Blockquotes, not code blocks.
Jul
9
reviewed Edit What are the classics/giants in Systematic Theology?
Jul
9
revised What are the classics/giants in Systematic Theology?
+systematic theology tag. Fixed grammar.
Jul
9
comment Without Hell, from what does Jesus save?
There are some suggested answers in those comments too, from which an answerer may wish to draw.
Jul
9
asked Without Hell, from what does Jesus save?
Jun
28
comment How does the Catholic Magisterium advise the married laity to defend the institution of marriage?
@PeterTurner What you want to do (and your reasons are your own) is to denigrate same-sex marriage. Why cloak this under the euphemism of "supporting traditional marriage"? That just makes you look like, not only a jerk, but a duplicitous jerk.
Jun
28
comment How does the Catholic Magisterium advise the married laity to defend the institution of marriage?
Start by saying what you mean, rather than talking in code.
Jun
24
reviewed Approve Why Does Matthew not give Jesus Christ's genealogy from Adam?
Jun
3
revised Is the Catechism of the Catholic Church considered scripture?
Used double blockquote instead of code formatting.
May
10
comment What are Anglicans' opinion about Muhammad (founder of Islam)?
@curiousdannii I read somewhere recently (ELL SE, perhaps), that using alphabet to mean letter is a feature of Indian English.
Apr
7
reviewed Reject Can humans fall in love with each other in heaven?
Apr
1
reviewed Approve Are there any secular historical references to the natural phenomena that occurred at the crucifixion and resurrection?
Mar
25
awarded  Notable Question
Feb
24
revised Where does the concept of a “God-shaped hole” originate?
Tidied formatting. Added links to sources (found on Google).
Feb
12
revised What does “two becoming one flesh” refer to?
Tweaked wording.
Feb
10
comment How do YECs respond to the lack of non-Christian buy-in to their “creation science”?
@davidbrainerd. You are aware that that "documentary" edited its interviews in a very misleading way, aren't you?
Jan
22
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
11
comment Was Bible Revealed to Jesus? (Christian Perspective)
@mojo I don't see much here that an average Christian would have much disagreement with, though.