Recovering from Religion


Recovering from Religion

Unless you were raised by atheist parents, you probably had some recovering to do when you left religion. The purpose of RR is to provide a landing place for people when they jump from religion. With local support groups throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, and real-time resources accessible to everyone, RR is where to turn when faith has lost its luster.

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Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS)

Started by Steph S. Jun 8. 0 Replies

This is a good website for help in recovering from religion of Religious Trauma Syndrome:• Cognitive: Confusion, poor critical thinking ability, negative beliefs about…Continue

In what way are you still recovering from being brought up religious?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Richard C Brown Aug 30, 2014. 57 Replies

I was brought up in a fundamentalist family.Anyone still dealing with any issues from religion?Do you fear the result of coming out Atheist to your family?Any thoughts are welcome.Continue

Catholic Family / Atheist Wedding - HELP

Started by Megan. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 31, 2014. 4 Replies

Any one else out there still recovering from Catholic guilt??I come from an extremely Catholic family/upbringing. In 6 days I will be the first person in my entire extended family not to marry a Catholic in a Catholic Church.My biggest source of…Continue

Anyone still deal with anything like this?

Started by Starland Seay. Last reply by Matt Skaggs Aug 26, 2013. 27 Replies

One thing I have noticed is a tendency to "doubt" my new path in life. I still want to reach for the Bible sometimes. I still hesitate somewhat when someone mentions Pascal's "Wager"...LOL! Even though I know that science teaches this and that no…Continue

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Comment by Darrel Ray on June 14, 2012 at 1:27pm

I wish I could be of help. If you find one, please let them know about The Secular Therapist Project and ask them to register with us. We have no one in India at this time. Secular Therapist Project

Comment by yusuf on June 14, 2012 at 1:11pm

I am looking for secular therapist in India, if anyone has any info.

Comment by Darrel Ray on June 11, 2012 at 10:31pm

Excellent article by Gretta Chistina on the Cleby Project. Thanks Lawrence for posting this.

Comment by L.Hunter on June 11, 2012 at 10:03pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2012 at 1:57pm

THEOPSYCHOSIS!  That is the word! To whom do I give credit? Oh, it looks like James. Thank you James. I like the word. 

Comment by Rich Goss on June 7, 2012 at 8:18am


"No amount of investigation, much less reason, will cure theopsychosis."

What a coincidence.  Just yesterday my quoted me a line with the same intent.  "Logic didn't bring these people to the position they hold now, so logic can't be used as a method of escape or cure." 

I guess it's a question of deconditioning, a much more complicated process than reasoning and cold scientific facts. 



Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2012 at 4:12am
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2012 at 11:14pm

James Allison on Sunday

You state, "As an atheist I can't fear religion, nor should I hate it. It has been a part of our world since time began."

As for myself, I experience disgust, revulsion, loathing, and  repugnance for all the pain, shame, and guilt created by religious dogma. Furthermore, a male-centered religion is a relatively recent construct of human creation. Ancient cultures, all over the world, have had female centered religions and did not use women as chattel, sex objects, whipping posts, or dominated baby factories.
Female led religions were no more humane than male dominated ones; they used men as sex objects. The issue, to me, is the notion that humans created fictions that include:


Basic errors of religion are:

1.  God created man in god’s image. - Anthropocentrism

2.  God created man, male, in his male, god image. - Sexism

3.  God created my race superior to your race. - Racism

4.  God created man to have dominion over all that swims, crawls, flies. - Dominionism

5.  God created man to worship the “one true god.” - Exceptionalism

6.  God is sovereign – Theocentrism

7. God created man to obey - Theodependent


Joan Denoo

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Comment by James M. Martin on June 3, 2012 at 12:48pm

In law, the concept of circumstantial evidence is perhaps instructive.  Miracles often depend on circumstantial evidence, e.g. "I prayed for God to save my fatally ill father and He spared his life."  For the sake of argument, let's ignore the post hoc reasoning and examine the value of the circumstantial evidence.  It is axiomatic that circumstantial evidence has won civil cases and aided criminal defendants, but case law (in civil suits, at least) requires evidence of whether there was another "reasonable hypothesis" to explain the miracle.  The attorney puts on proof that something may have been done medically -- i.e. by the use of science and reason -- to explain the dad's survival.  Dogma is nothing but myth and superstition; the medical sciences, investigation and reason.  No amount of investigation, much less reason, will cure theopsychosis.

Comment by James Allison on June 3, 2012 at 9:57am

I just got through reading The God Virus, and it opened my eyes to a lot of things in reference to the power and influence of religion in society. As an atheist I can't fear religion, nor should I hate it. It has been a part of our world since time began. For some people God was the answer to their troubled life. For me, the problem is not god, but the religions we make up to support this belief. God cannot be proven or disproven, the fruits of bad religion could fill an encylopedia. In the old days both animal and human sacrifices were necessary to atone for SIN, however that was defined. In the book of Hebrews the writer said that without the shedding of blood atonement was not possible. The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is riddled in blood sacrifices, animal and human. Is this rational? We are taught that only through blood can forgiveness be offered. Not a very nice lesson to be teaching your children I think. Religion has to do with control, not atonement. If there is a god or Higher Power, I'm sure he/she is just as non-religious as the deist or the atheist. We can only hope.


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