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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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

"Thief in the Night"

Started by cbenhamcox. Last reply by Luara Aug 18, 2013. 2 Replies

Last night I was reading Seth Andrew's book, Deconverted, and I almost fell out of my chair when he discussed being forced to watch the end times film from the 1970's call "A Thief in the Night."  He described some of the scenes, and I had a…Continue

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Comment by Fran Stein on February 8, 2014 at 3:42pm

Thank you for writing about this! I believe no one who leaves religion can ever say he's truly free. We're all recovering unless we've had the great good fortune to have been spared religion.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 8, 2014 at 3:37pm

Darrel, thank you for your information on sex on The Thinking Atheist.  Very much enjoyed it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 30, 2014 at 2:37am

Thanks, Darrel, a great interview. 

Comment by Darrel Ray on January 29, 2014 at 9:24pm

I was on The Thinking Atheist last night. We really got into things like how to talk to your children about sex and the bogus notion of sex or porn addiction. If you or someone you know, believes in sex addiction, listen here. It is only a figment of the Christian imagination and their sex crazed guilt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2014 at 7:54pm

Darrel, thanks for the heads-up. I will be listening. 

Comment by Darrel Ray on January 26, 2014 at 7:26pm

I will be talking to Seth on The Thinking Atheist Tuesday. Listen live, call in or listen later. I will be discussing shame and how religions use it to infect others and manipulate our behavior. Tune in.

Comment by Rich Goss on November 27, 2013 at 10:39am

<but early polytheistic religions had less problems than monotheist religions with sexual acts, Amun Ra apparently masturbated to create all life on earth. >>>

I think I can propose a plausible hypothesis for the above:

With the onset of agriculture also came private property and the ownership of land. So religion became more male dominated and patriarchal to insure smooth transition from one generation to the next.  Also came specialization of labor, first a police and/or army class to protect property, then a priest/lawyer/scribe class to ensure orderly generational transition.

My friend, Barbara Walker, devoted Man Made God to this theme, calling it a sad and tragic event in human history.  The transition from a female fertility Earth goddess to a patriarchal, militant, mafia-don God has not boded well for human happiness with war, avarice, strict hierarchy, and bully behavior some of the negative outcomes. 



Comment by Rich Goss on November 26, 2013 at 11:49am

<This is only one of the ways religion has hurt me. >>>

Good writing, Dyslexic. Most of us on this board can also cite some personal loss due to the church or religion in general. 

Here’s one way that hurts everyone in very quiet and sinister ways.  In my anthology of atheist essays I tell the story of how eccentric religious views blocked the development of anesthesia from helping to alleviate pain—especially in operations including childbirth.  Church officials, the Curia, must have believed that pain and sacrifice were pleasing to God and humankind must not contravene God’s divine will.  Ether was discovered by alchemists in the late twelve hundreds but not used until the late nineteenth.  All that suffering and misery went for naught.

In the same way, we’re all paying the price for this ignorance right now in the twenty-first century.  With suicides rates rising astronomically due to poverty and the overpopulation of baby boomers, the church is blocking the proliferation of legal euthanasia. That means that anyone who doesn’t want to continue suffering for whatever reason has to devise amateur and sometimes grotesque methods to end it. 

What a waste!  And all because of superstitious beliefs.



Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on November 26, 2013 at 6:12am

Just a thought on Jesus masturbating, well not a sight I would rush to witness, but early polytheistic religions had less problems than monotheist religions with sexual acts, Amun Ra apparently masturbated to create all life on earth. 

That's pretty much all I can remember of my studies into mythology during philosophy classes, some 30 years ago.  LOL

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on November 26, 2013 at 5:59am

I remember from a lecture by Robert Sapolsky, that humans are the only animal on Earth that seeks privacy for sexual acts.

Yet, one wonders why Christians seek privacy, when they are constantly being watched by their omni-voyeuristic megalomaniac  anyway.


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