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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
answered Why do JW think other faiths are unbelievers?
Jan
25
answered Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?
Dec
27
asked Is there a generally accepted term for “Christians in Communion with the Bishop of Rome”?
Jul
17
asked How can an angel be a saint?
Mar
1
wiki created nwt excerpt
Jan
30
asked Why does Mosaic Law insist on primogenitur even when the dad despises the first born son's mother?
Jan
22
asked What is the Order of Special Full-Time Servants?
Jan
5
asked How does one reconcile Sola Fide with the parable of the talents?
Dec
7
answered Does the theology of Arians and Jehovah's Witnesses admit that God was at one point ἄλογος?
Oct
2
answered What traditions fully embrace the concept of a “local parish church”?
Oct
1
answered Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe in annihilation?
Sep
26
asked Are other religions treated differently by any major branch of Christianity?
Sep
12
answered Why do Kingdom Halls have no windows?
Aug
29
answered Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?
Aug
10
wiki created society-of-friends excerpt
Jul
20
answered According to Jehovah's Witnesses, who are the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelations?
Jun
11
asked Why did the Commonwealth Parliament ban theatre?
May
19
answered Jehovah's Witnesses's teaching on the Church
May
18
asked Ancient nations in a young earth
May
18
answered There is more to know than that which is written