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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”).


Jul
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awarded  Curious
Jul
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revised What is the English monarch's current relationship to the Church of England?
added 10 characters in body
Jun
25
comment Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?
Put simply, they teach that God always directs teaching through an organization, so those outside that organization have rejected it. They simply do not recognise any other groups as valid Christians. @curiousdannii.
Jun
24
comment Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?
I'm not sure where they got #47 (Man does not have a spirit) from, @gerdi. They don't source it, and it doesn't gel with my own memory of Witness theology.
Jun
24
revised The Virgin Mary, “the perfect non-divine human being”
Typo: was -> what.
Jun
24
revised Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?
I think phrasing this as an objective question that anyone can answer is better than targetting a specific group in a mannar which could be read as accusatory.
Jun
24
comment Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?
@H3br3wHamm3r81. I've edited your question quite thoroughly, including swapping out one quote for another. Please review my edits, and revert if you're unhappy with them.
Jun
24
revised Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?
Clarified that I am doing my best to represent Witness theology, not to make any truth claims. And took the opportunity to rewrite a little.
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?
added 5 characters in body
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?
edited body; edited title
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.