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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.


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organisation, and has no consistent model underlying its therapies (which are really, it seems, based mostly on outdated stereotypes of masculinity and femininity), they occasionally contradict themselves, or even outright lie, as recently noted by Truth Wins Out.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
Jul
29
comment Psalms 31:5 or 31:6 - beyadcha, etc
Christians originally used the Septuagint; nowadays most Christian translations are based on the Masoretic text. This includes the King James Version.
Jul
29
comment Arba'a Ve'arba'im Umatayim - mi yodeya?
The King James says nothing of the sort. That's Bishop Ussher you're thinking of.
Jul
29
comment Hot water tap at work
I wouldn't drink water from a hot tap, or water from a bathroom cold tap: that comes from a tank in your attic. The water's been sitting around for a while in not-perfectly-clean pipes and tanks. Kitchen cold taps come from the rising mains, and are generally safe to drink from.
Jul
28
comment Hot water tap at work
In Ireland, water from the hot tap is usually considered non-potable anyway. You take water from the cold tap, and heat it in a kettle.