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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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answered According to Jehovah's Witnesses, who are the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation?
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
Apr
5
answered Is it possible to be Christian but not interpret the religion as fact?
Mar
28
answered What is the view of Jehovah's Witnesses on John 18:36 “My kingdom is not from this world”?
Jan
5
answered Is paganism compatible with Christianity?
Nov
25
asked Inconsistency in Biblical interpreatation (Genesis & Judges)
Oct
15
answered Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?
Oct
11
answered If JW believe they should use Jehovah to be accurate why don't they use Jesus' real Hebrew name?
Oct
8
asked What is the Alpha Course?
Oct
7
answered Preventing nightmares through prayer?
Oct
2
asked Who is Lillith?
Sep
24
asked What should a Christian do when the state permits something the church does not?
Sep
24
wiki created jehovahs-witnesses excerpt
Sep
24
asked Do Jehovah's Witnesses use different language for theological reasons?
Sep
21
asked What is “Spiritual Warfare”?
Sep
14
answered Does Christianity have any dietary guidelines?
Sep
13
answered Why is rape not in the 10 commandments?