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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”).


May
7
comment How would a Christian explain the “contradiction” of homosexuality?
I responded to what he did say, not to what he could have said, @bruisedreed.
Apr
24
comment Was anyone making a theological point by changing the ending of Jesus Christ Superstar?
Saw this musical (for the first time!) done by a local amateur group the other week. Mary Magdalene was the last character to leave the stage. (She was also, undoubtedly, the star of the show, with the best stage presence by far.) For the curtain call, she, Jesus, and Judas held hands and bowed together.
Apr
24
comment Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?
As a by-the-way, @ScottSeverance, I've rewritten the answer a little, partly due to your input.
Apr
24
comment Is the Christian Old Testament the Jewish Bible?
@waxeagle I removed your reference to me, having decided it wasn't really necessary. (Also, I had already, some time ago, deleted the comment of mine you quote, so the reference was a little odd: a dangling pointer.) (Feel free to delete this comment once you've read it.)
Apr
24
revised Is the Christian Old Testament the Jewish Bible?
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Apr
24
revised What is the view of Jehovah's Witnesses on John 18:36 “My kingdom is not from this world”?
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Apr
24
revised What is the view of Jehovah's Witnesses on John 18:36 “My kingdom is not from this world”?
Improved formatting. Added link to related answer.
Apr
24
revised Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
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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?
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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.