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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 What motivates the idea that God is highly involved in the details of your life?
I think this is mainly an American phenomenon, yes.
Dec
17
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
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
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
6
comment Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?
Would accept be a better word than assume?
Oct
31
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?
Oct
31
comment How are patriotic songs used in US churches?
Related: everydayimpastoring.tumblr.com/day/2014/08/21
Oct
29
comment Anglican Minor Orders?
@DJClayworth Strange accident.
Oct
29
comment Is the intent of Jehovah's Witnesses to remove Christ from their scriptures?
@Bubbles Considered by whom to be one of the best translations? The specific example you chose was a poor one, as the name Jehovah occurs many times without a good justification.
Oct
27
comment Is the intent of Jehovah's Witnesses to remove Christ from their scriptures?
I've downvoted this, not because it's necessarily a bad question, but because it's badly asked. You provide no examples, nor do you explain clearly what you're talking about. Furthermore, your grammar is terrible.
Oct
17
comment Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures
Are you trying to ask about the general principles the PCUSA (and yes, you should edit your question to define that acronym, as @robertbristow-johnson says) uses to interpret scripture? Are you asking what the PCUSA believe about homosexuality, and how they support that belief with scripture? Are you asking about how the Bible should be interpreted (on either or both of the above points)? Or are you asking all of these things at once? Basically, I think your question is unclear, and hence not useful.
Oct
17
comment Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures
You define inerrancy twice and infallibility not at all. I suspect that's a typo.
Aug
19
comment Looking for red letter bible in database format
@bracketsage. I believe that format is a form of SGML, once memorably described as "XML's weird older brother".
Aug
19
comment Looking for red letter bible in database format
I'm not sure what that last link is supposed to be. It appears to be a DDG search result page for the Polish character Ł. Besides the fact that "the third search result" is unlikely to be stable over time, I'm not sure why we're supposed to be looking at a search for Ł. I suspect you copied and pasted the wrong link. Why not link to the article directly, rather than to a search results page?
Jul
23
comment What do Christians mean by “holy”?
Related: english.stackexchange.com/q/84837/1696.