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 Justin True on July 17, 2012 at 11:25am

I was raised in a Southern Baptist home. My alcoholic father's motto was, God, Family, Country... So, when I became 18, joined the Marines, I found absolutely no reason to believe his BS. So I went through something similar to my own death. I was afraid, then scared, and now I am angry. I think coming into Atheism and comprehending your own demise, and the realization that this life is it... its extremely liberating! But! Like death, we all handle it in our own ways. We need to go through all of these stages in order to properly shake the dogma that is in our brains. My "piss and vinegar" about religion makes my life fun, exciting, and is a huge catalyst in my life right now and I wouldn't trade it for nothing!

Comment by Monster On Sunday on July 1, 2012 at 11:01am

Hi everyone, 

There's a new rr group in Portland Oregon.  Go to

Comment by Intrinsic Dignity on June 28, 2012 at 10:51am

Can anyone relate to my experience, which I illustrated in this metaphorical animation?

Comment by dr kellie on June 26, 2012 at 11:50am

I love my chainsaw:) 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2012 at 11:46am

"Anger is a useful but dangerous tool."

Yes, kind of like a chain saw. 

Comment by Pamela Dale on June 26, 2012 at 10:11am

I grew up angry about a great many things.  It helped me get out of a very bad environment but like a double-edge sword, it also hurt me.  When I finally discovered about the truth of religions I was not angry, I think it was because I suspected that God and religion was false for a long time because of my hard life. I think my reaction was a great sadness to know that we are here alone and there was no real reason for my suffering.  Now I am looking for the contentment in the truth of my existence in a world without an equalizer. Anger is a useful but dangerous tool.  Be careful with your anger, it can burn away the dross but the heat can also prevent you from seeing the seeds of truth.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2012 at 2:14am

dr kellie  I felt a sense of anger in myself, reading your comment. So many unsaid things I didn't say to my grandmother. I don't mean to imply there is her spirit I can talk to, but talk to my memories; she is so alive in my memories and I often come to a realization of how hard her life was, what with a wood stove for cooking, her garden, doing laundry over boiling water on a hot stove in summer, cutting kindling and building a fire, ice blocks in a wooden ice chest, the outhouse that stunck as back as the chicken yard. The wonderful meals, pies, cakes, cookies, fried chicken, even homemade ice cream in summer. I took her for granted and didn't realize how hard it was for her to put a meal on the table day after day. And keep us clean, and changing sheets, washing them in that boiling tub on the stove; the wringing out the hot water was the miserable part.  Her kitchen always smelled of Purex on laundry day.

Thanks for the memories!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2012 at 2:02am

Tomlyn McAllister I like your comment, especially about vicarious redemption being a corruption of systemic religious practices. You state it so strongly, I repeat it here:

"And that is the whole problem with the Christian concept of vicarious redemption. The totally immoral concept that you can be absolved of all transgressions and wrongdoings through the absolution from someone other than he to whom you have transgressed. That you can be absolved of all your sins by believing that someone else has suffered your obligation for you is morally obscene...and is the central core of Christian doctrine.

Tomlyn McAllister

Comment by dr kellie on June 25, 2012 at 5:37pm

I'm angry too.  I would have probably gotten over it by now if I didn't have to be bombarded with so much bullshit almost every day.  I'm irritated by the sheer insanity of religion, and I'm also livid in regard to the shaming of women and sex in general.  And I remember being young and thinking about my atheist grandmother in hell.  Many tears were shed over that nonsense. 



Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2012 at 5:09pm

Darrel, very wise counsel! Realizing anger is a necessary and not sufficient stage of growth, it does get a bit tiresome. I look to the day when I can read, hear, or see some evidence of abuse and not have such a knee-jerk reaction. Thanks for the encouragement. 


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