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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").


Mar
27
comment Why is Christianity so despised in the World?
possible duplicate of What is the source of hatred often perceived by Christians in western society?
Mar
27
comment Why is Christianity so despised in the World?
Er, Christianity is the dominant religion in much of the world, and has often been adopted as an official state religion. It has that status in many many countries (including, de facto, the USA). In other words, you're talking utter nonsense.
Mar
12
awarded  Custodian
Mar
12
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Are there tenets of Rastafarianism that run counter to Baptist theology?
Mar
6
revised Of whom is God jealous?
added 8 characters in body; edited title
Feb
6
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?
Hi Jeremy. The phrasing "The old English from the KJV has been rendered in modern English" suggests that the NWT is an update of the KJV. In fact it is not, but is a separate translation (and isn't even based on the same set of manuscripts). Perhaps that could be reworded a little?
Feb
6
revised Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?
Grammar corrections. Incorporated references into text, instead of leaving them at the end.
Jan
27
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
25
comment Did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?
Who was it who described the hymn "Jerusalem" as "a series of questions to which the answer is no"?
Jan
25
answered Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?
Jan
24
revised Which portion of Revelation is the Rapture?
Tidied grammar a little: believe -> belief
Jan
16
comment What is the Scriptural Basis Against the Trinity
"Someone who believes that Jesus was the first creature created in God's creation will point to different verses to support their doctrine than someone who believes that Jesus did not exist until his birth." There's a third category: Oneness Pentecostalism says that Jesus is God, but there's no Trinity. God (all of God) came to Earth.
Jan
13
comment Are there Christian denominations that are beginning a discussion about the fact that Jesus was really the son of God?
There's a way to conceive of Christianity doing practically anything. As phrased, this is pretty much a list question, but I think it could be tidied a bit to look at movements and such. Largely, though, "does X exist?" is a poor question on this site, as the answer is almost certainly "Yes, but in tiny numbers, and in ways which are hard to categorise".
Jan
10
revised Is there a generally accepted term for “Christians in Communion with the Bishop of Rome”?
edited title
Jan
10
revised What is Messianic Judaism?
Tidied link formatting.
Jan
10
revised What is Messianic Judaism?
added 2 characters in body; edited title
Jan
10
comment What is Christian about Christian Kabbalah?
@TheFreemason. I've completely rewritten your question. I think this is an improvement to the clarity, but if you're at all unhappy with it please feel free to roll back.
Jan
10
revised What is Christian about Christian Kabbalah?
Completely rewrote question, because I felt like it.
Jan
10
comment What is Christian about Christian Kabbalah?
@DJClayworth. A bit of quick poking around on Wikipedia seems to suggest that Cabalah is the usual term for Christian Kabbalah. (Meanwhile, Cabala is a disambiguation page.)
Jan
2
comment God loves everyone… Even dictators?
It's okay, Claudio. I can see that it is a genuine question, and it might be okay to ask it here, but it really should be phrased very very carefully with a lot of thought beforehand. If you'd asked just that question, it probably wouldn't immediately be deleted. But there's a rule against asking two questions at once anyway, which is a much more straightforward guideline to follow, and made it easy for me to remove that one. You could probably ask it separately, later, but I'd advise you to wait till you're more established on the site, and to discuss it in Christianity Chat before asking.