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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").


Mar
6
revised Of whom is God jealous?
added 8 characters in body; edited title
Feb
6
revised Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?
Grammar corrections. Incorporated references into text, instead of leaving them at the end.
Jan
24
revised Which portion of Revelation is the Rapture?
Tidied grammar a little: believe -> belief
Jan
10
revised Is there a generally accepted term for “Christians in Communion with the Bishop of Rome”?
edited title
Jan
10
revised What is Messianic Judaism?
Tidied link formatting.
Jan
10
revised What is Messianic Judaism?
added 2 characters in body; edited title
Jan
10
revised What is Christian about Christian Kabbalah?
Completely rewrote question, because I felt like it.
Jan
2
revised God loves everyone… Even dictators?
It was two separate questions, so I removed one. The fact that this got rid of something horribly offensive is just a bonus, realy.
Dec
24
revised Is the register where the first marriage was registered still available?
That should be a restrictive clause, not a non-restictive one (i.e., it shouldn't be set off with a comma pair).
Dec
10
revised How do Jehovah Witnesses explain differences between NWT and Hebrew/Latin/Greek in Zechariah 12:10 and Acts 20:28?
Improved formatting. Added correction from comments (Setptuagint > Greek NT).
Dec
8
revised Why does God, who is omibelovelent, send those that fail to understand or believe in him to hell?
Tidied grammar.
Dec
4
revised A Russian Bible other than the Russian Synodal Translation
Took a bit of investagation work to find a direct link to the Russian version (jw.org doesn't use pushState(), it seems).
Nov
23
revised Are there Old Testament Scriptures that mention salvation for the Gentiles?
Improved formatting. Removed signature, which looked really weird as linebreaks weren't preserved, so it seemed to reference "Gary Luther".
Nov
9
revised Guilty Conscience for lack of prayer
Tidied grammar.
Oct
30
revised Why was Peter Fishing Naked (John 21:7)?
Formatting.
Oct
27
revised Was the Tabernacle and its furnishings a copy of things in Heaven?
Tidied formatting (quote blocks instead of code blocks).
Oct
26
revised Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?
added 1 characters in body
Oct
26
revised Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?
Fixed spelling errors. Added link on John 1:1 and reference to John 8:58.
Oct
24
revised Orthodox churches recognized by Catholic Church
Tidied grammar, but retained viewpoint (them, us). It should be clear from context which is which.
Oct
15
revised Is it Proper to State that Chalcedonianism is a Moderate Position In-between Nestorianism and Monophysitism?
Second attempt to improve formatting. (Previous one got lost somewhere.)