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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”).


Jun
24
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?
Jun
24
revised Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?
The same quote was repeated twice, probably by mistake. I found a suggested replacement. Made a few grammar tweaks, improved link text.
Jun
24
revised Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?
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Jun
24
answered Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?
Jun
16
awarded  Caucus
Jun
4
comment Why are most Christian beliefs match with the spiritual practices of the Ancient Egypt?
Here, have a downvote from an atheist. I'll be happy to remove that once you edit your question for clarity, as also recommended in many other comments.
May
27
reviewed Edit suggested edit on According to Catholic doctrine, would a cloned human being have a soul?
May
27
revised According to Catholic doctrine, would a cloned human being have a soul?
Cleaned up grammar & some spelling
May
15
revised What is the Catholic teaching on technology and faith?
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May
12
revised What is the Biblical basis for the belief that Jesus is Michael?
Fixed spelling of deity. While I was at it, I spotted one of my bugbears: mismatched bullet points, some being complete sentences, others being sentence fragments. So I tidied that up too. Added curley quotation marks; preserved American positioning of quotation marks. Other minor tweaks.
May
10
comment What is the protestant's view on cybersex?
There isn't really such a thing as "the Protestant church", I'm afraid.
May
10
revised Was I comforted by my father's guardian angel?
Spelling error: past. Retagged.
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”?
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Apr
24
revised Can you renounce part of the bible, and still be a Christian?
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