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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”).


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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
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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?
Dec
15
comment How do Jehovah's Witnesses interpret verses like Isaiah 9:6 which call the messiah 'God'?
@Bubbles And the Bible also says that some men's god is their bellies. Yes, Witness theology admits of many gods, with the caveat that words may have different meanings in different contexts.
Dec
11
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
11
comment How does Oneness Pentecostalism interpret Matthew 3:17?
This doesn't address the passage in the question, and hence is not, really, an answer.
Dec
9
comment How did the phenomenon of “Megachurches” come about?
Related: christianity.stackexchange.com/q/8553
Dec
5
comment What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?
This is very slim, but it does hold the kernel of a very good answer: namely, that the Witnesses would hold that the burden of proof lies the other way.
Dec
2
comment What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?
I have no idea how to respond to that remark.
Dec
2
comment What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?
As another ex-JW, I wasn't asking for an apology, I was suggesting/recommending an improvement.
Dec
2
comment What is the biblical basis for the belief held by Jehovah's Witnesses that Jehovah and Jesus Christ are separate entities?
Less of your opinion (which wasn't asked for) and more of theirs (which was) would make this a more focussed answer to the question.
Nov
19
revised Does the Bible forbid a man from dressing like a woman?
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Nov
19
revised What does this reference in the Watchtower Online Library mean?
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Nov
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answered What does this reference in the Watchtower Online Library mean?
Nov
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revised Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?
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Nov
6
comment Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?
Would accept be a better word than assume?
Nov
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revised Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?
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revised Can a disfellowed JW marry after being reinstated?
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comment What is the case in favour of adelphopoiesis as a relationship akin to marriage?
Since it's a religious ceremony, in what sense could it possibly be a civil union?