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 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...

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 15, 2012 at 2:30pm

James, that is a funny remembrance.  Besides being funny, it's honest, which is something I prefer over lies, even white ones.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 15, 2012 at 2:26pm

James, what a great remembrance:

"The worms crawl in 

The worms crawl out 

The worms play pinocle 

On my snout. 

He was a lousy s.o.b.

is all we can say about him."

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 15, 2012 at 2:22pm

Same with me, Patricia.  I often think he bends over backwards to be patient and is not direct enough.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 15, 2012 at 2:17pm

In the video Joan pointed us to, I don't think Dawkins is being cruel at all.  Not even disrespectful. 

Comment by James M. Martin on December 15, 2012 at 1:55pm

Tabitha, I always read the obits, paid for by the loved ones who survived.  They attribute extraordinary claims to their departed, such as "went to be with the Lord," "was taken by the Angel's to God," et al.  I read them because they amuse me.  Sometimes the photos accompanying the obits are of people so anti-social looking, I have to wonder why some family doesn't post, "The worms crawl in/The worms crawl out/The worms play pinocle/On my snout.  He was a lousy s.o.b. is all we can say about him."

Comment by James M. Martin on December 15, 2012 at 1:49pm

Dawkins may be experiencing intense frustration at why the world of man does not see truth and rationally examine all claims of moral authority.  Wasn't it he who said that the more supernatural the claim, the greater the burden of evidence?  In some of his videos, he is shown as a clever debater who can lead you down the primrose path of the dogmatic, then zero in on the particular irrationality of your argument.  He invented the disputational boxed canyon.


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