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, 2015. 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 Regina Goodwin on December 16, 2012 at 11:24pm

Tabitha, it takes years to re-format that hard drive.  I am still erasing sectors.  Be patient. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 8:55pm

I had a wonderful adventure into witchcraft when I left religion and knew I wanted something in my life that had some mysticism to it. A group of us, about 12 women, who had left traditional religions because of the mindbinding, started a ritual group. It was a very special period of my life, but it, too, became dogmatic and each of us became much more skeptical of mysticism and dogma. We stayed together but became more of an atheist/agnostic/freethinker type group.

I am sure we will evolve into other foci because we are all environmentalist, and concerned about the many changes taking place in the world. Things we cannot control, but there are things we can think and do that will be much more focused on the Earth and all that implies. 

Comment by James M. Martin on December 16, 2012 at 8:53am

I have, or had, an early edition of Aradia by Leland.  Important book if one is studying witchcraft. But all of it is pagan and dualistic.  All these religious eat each other up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 12:22am

Richard Goscicki, I am so sorry to learn of your Paget's disease coming out of remission. I have never heard of it so had to Google it. I  do hope you have good medical care and that you are able to find a way to get back into remission. 

Thank you, dear fiend, for your comments about Dawkins. Of course you are correct; I reconsidered my position and decided I was in error and you, my dear friends, clearly gave me reason to change my mind. You are exactly right. Don't blame the messenger. I do like it when I have the opportunity to rethink my position; I tend to be opinionated and must rethink such matters. 

Yes, you are my friend, and I consider you a very valuable and enlightened one. 

With all the ghastly things happening, school shooting, the pope giving his blessing on a women trying to put homosexuals to death and that nonsense Supreme Court judge Scalia and his priest son, it is time I get more vocal and honestly challenge them. I am not alone in this; many more people come to the realization that it is obvious religion does more harm than good.

"Where religion did make a difference, it was more in support of slavery than in opposition to it. Arguments from scripture were used in Parliament to defend the slave trade. Frederick Douglass told in his Narrative how his condition as a slave became worse when his master underwent a religious conversion that allowed him to justify slavery as the punishment of the children of Ham. Mark Twain described his mother as a genuinely good person, whose soft heart pitied even Satan, but who had no doubt about the legitimacy of slavery, because in years of living in antebellum Missouri she had never heard any sermon opposing slavery, but only countless sermons preaching that slavery was God's will. With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil that takes religion."

~ Steven Weinberg 
Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Austin 
Winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 15, 2012 at 9:03pm

I am sure Emma's romance life will be the center of attention with little delving into her anti-government, anti-religion. Hope they don't lose the spirit of the woman. 

Comment by James M. Martin on December 15, 2012 at 7:59pm

They are finally making a biopic of Emma's romance, and any such movie would have to delve into her philosophy and lack of religious beliefs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 15, 2012 at 7:48pm

I just love it when someone can persuade me that a different frame fits for me. It is a nice gift. Thanks. 

I very much like reading Emma Goldman's works and her language was pretty blunt. She got her point across for those who wanted to hear her message; she had great resistance from those who did not. 

Comment by James M. Martin on December 15, 2012 at 6:46pm

I agree Richard, and I think it might be profitable to remember the good old days, when the most in-your-face atheist was Madalyn Murray O'Hair. If you thought Spencer Tracy looked like a bum in Inherit the Wind, O'Hair used no makeup, did not comb or brush her hair, wore what seemed homemade smocks, and had the foulest tongue I'd heard.  That takes some doing.  I interviewed her for a magazine piece while she was on tour with a cracker preacher from New Orleans, debating in public halls and other venues.

Comment by Alice on December 15, 2012 at 6:08pm

Dawkins is no saint - none of us are - but we all have our qualities and his ability is to give it to people straight.  Even though this is harsh at some point it needs to be done - people need to be told honestly.  I know that I resented it the first time someone told me straight that my beliefs were based in magic and illusion.  It was really hard to take.  But if that hadn't happened I may still be deluding myself now with the support of the rest of society.  Someone needs to play that role of breaking the spell.  When we don't say anything we are conspiring to support the illusions of others.

It takes other sorts of personalities to be loving and supportive once we fall from faith.

Joan - you are sweet :)

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 15, 2012 at 3:09pm

Oh wow! I didn't know that. That makes all the difference, then lol...


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