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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”).


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reviewed Approve Are there any secular historical references to the natural phenomena that occurred at the crucifixion and resurrection?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
Mar
16
comment Why do some Christians think it's not a sin to charge interest?
Age is just a number! Though, actually, they were less strict about question quality in those days. I should probably spruce up the question a little bit. Welcome to the site and see you around.
Mar
16
comment Why do some Christians think it's not a sin to charge interest?
It's very interesting to see that this view is still extant, but I don't think this post truly serves as a response to the question asked.
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.
Jan
5
revised If the dead are already in heaven, how do they rise at the second coming?
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Jan
2
comment How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?
Does it matter, @DoubleU? The KJV was just the first that came to hand, but I really don't think this is a verse on which translations will greatly differ.
Jan
2
asked How does the Catholic Church explain passages that seem to use culturally specific logic?
Dec
31
revised What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?
Tidied grammar and removed extaraneous material.
Dec
30
comment Did Matthew the Tax Collector author the Gospel?
I do try to be a descriptivist, but the use of author as a verb still annoys me. What's wrong with write?
Dec
28
comment What is the basis for the idea that God is highly involved in human lives?
I think this is mainly an American phenomenon, yes.
Dec
17
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses object to praying with other Christians?
Just a note that I've expanded my answer since you accepted it.
Dec
17
revised Do Jehovah's Witnesses object to praying with other Christians?
Masive expansion.
Dec
17
revised Do Jehovah's Witnesses object to praying with other Christians?
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Dec
17
answered Do Jehovah's Witnesses object to praying with other Christians?