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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
23
comment What do Christians mean by “holy”?
Related: english.stackexchange.com/q/84837/1696.
Jul
23
comment Do Christians consider psychic healing to be a non-Christian act?
I'm at a loss to see how the title and the body of the question are connected.
Jul
21
comment Do people who commit “major” sins after accepting Jesus go to Heaven?
What the flip is a "heart sin"?
Jul
16
comment How comparable are the concepts of the Teaching Magisterium in the Catholic Church and the Jehovah's Witnesses view of their Watch Tower society?
Oooh. Interesting. And I'm afraid I don't have an answer.
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
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
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
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
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.)
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.
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?
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
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
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.