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I was brought up Jehovah’s Witness. (That’s a fairly little-known non-Trinitarian branch of Christianity.) As such, I was taught about Christianity’s roots in Judaism, and therefore also taught about Judaism, though perhaps not very accurately.

I am now an atheist, but continue to be curious about religion and how it works and is manifest in people’s lives.


Oct
16
comment Do Jews believe in Heaven and Hell?
Yet another subject on which Christian beliefs are widely divergent and difficult to summarise, but this is certainly the traditional belief of European Christians, both before and after the Reformation.
Oct
13
comment How long is the required suspension of marital intimacy after childbirth?
@msh210. Your title is misleading and incorrect. Marital separation suggests that a marriage has broken down and the couple are now living apart. And I don't understand this idea that it's perfectly fine to talk about sex as long as you don't use the actual word.
Oct
4
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
@tealhill. I'm not aware that anyone here has said that anything is the sole determinant of sexual orientation.
Sep
30
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
@tealhill. Have you looked for such evidence? Are you qualified to judge it? And who said it was all about genetics? Prenatal hormone levels and other factors of the womb environment may also have a role to play. "Born gay" != "it's all in the genes". That's your oversimplification. Did you look up the book I linked to above?
Sep
29
comment Is Reconstructionist Judaism essentially atheistic?
Atheism doesn't have a view on most things.
Sep
29
comment How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
That article makes a fair point. Your religion is no excuse for sexism. But all's fair: simply refuse to shake anyone's hand, rather than treating men and women differently.
Sep
27
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
27
awarded  Revival
Sep
27
awarded  Teacher
Sep
26
answered Is a Jew allowed to participate on Christianity.SE?
Sep
26
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
-1 for misunderstanding the Trinity. (Not that anyone actually can understand it, since it's nonsensical, but "three beings" is a fairly basic error.)
Sep
25
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
Because JONAH is not a scientific organisation, and has no consistent model underlying its therapies (which are really, it seems, based mostly on outdated stereotypes of masculinity and femininity), they occasionally contradict themselves, or even outright lie, as recently noted by Truth Wins Out. Given that JONAH are proven liars, I doubt there's much more you need to know.
Sep
25
comment Should I do an easy chore if an overweight parent requests it?
-1 for trying to second-guess your mother, who as an adult can be trusted to look after her own health. Getting "as much exercise as possible" is not a healthy thing to do, no matter what your weight.
Sep
23
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
@tealhill. I think it's fair to say that the science is complex. I think it's also fair to say that the sentence in the answer There is not a shred of evidence that anyone is born gay is absolutely and entirely false, which is why I downvoted this answer. There is, in fact, quite a lot of evidence. It's complex, and disputed, and nowhere near settled, but it certainly does exist, and pretending it doesn't helps noone. This answer is absolutely and clearly wrong, and it's a disgrace that it's attracted as many upvotes as it has.
Sep
13
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
@tealhill. It is, however, more accessible than Born Gay? The psychobiology of sex orientation, albeit somewhat less detailed.
Aug
31
comment Eating Giraffe Meat
Guessing, which is why this is a comment, not an answer: Wouldn't the laws about slaughter and the draining of blood be somewhat difficult to apply to a giraffe?
Aug
31
comment Psalms 31:5 or 31:6 - beyadcha, etc
To clarify and repeat, Christian Bibles are not generally based on the Greek. Their structure (book ordering) may be, I don't know, but the actual translation is generally done from the same Masoretic Text that you use.
Aug
16
awarded  Yearling
Aug
6
revised a wheelchair user's taking “steps” before sh'mone esre
Removed offensive language, as suggested in a comment.
Aug
6
suggested suggested edit on a wheelchair user's taking “steps” before sh'mone esre