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 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.

Comment by Providence on June 3, 2012 at 6:36am

Hi everyone, Thank you so so much for all your comments- you have all really encouraged me. It's a bit disconcerting when you think you have stuff figured out and then find yourself wanting to run to the very falsehood you are trying to leave behind. 

It's scary how much of a hold religion can have on a person isnt it?! (and compared to some folks I got off lightly!)


Comment by Tammy S on May 31, 2012 at 2:00pm

Will Do! Thank you for all you do for the community Darrel, it is deeply appreciated!

Comment by Darrel Ray on May 31, 2012 at 1:55pm

As you know, Han Hills and I have been working nonstop on the Secular Therapist Project for the last six months. As of last week it is live and fully functional. But, in order for it to be successful, we need your help. We need you to tell any secular therapist that you know to register with us. If you are a student, tell your psychology professors about this. If you are currently seeing a good therapist that respects your atheism, tell them to register with us. We also need to let anyone looking for secular mental health services know about this service. Please take a look at the site, especially the FAQ.  Thanks for helping us get the word out.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2012 at 11:27pm

Dan, I am really happy to read of your starting a group in Columbus and wish you great success. Please keep us informed on your progress and offer us some ideas for discussion. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2012 at 11:25pm

Darrel, great idea about a secular therapist project. I shall enjoy observing your progress, please keep us informed of the kinds of things that work. 

Comment by Darrel Ray on May 21, 2012 at 8:38pm

Announcing: Today we are live on the Secular Therapist Project. You can now register as a client and search for a therapist in your community. If you don't find one, you can still find many that will do distance counseling on the phone or by skype. Please check it out and tell your friends. It you are looking for secular mental health services, this is the place to look. If you are a secular therapist, please register with us.

Click here:

Find A Secular Therapist

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2012 at 3:58pm

As a former Sunday school teacher and bible study group leader a time came when I put my three kids in the car with their pillows and blankets, two cats and two litters of kittens, and a crock pot and swore "God damn you god, god damn you jesus, I worked hard for you and you had me bound to your silly nonsense for your own reasons, not for my children's or my good" all the way from Texas to Washington state. It took me a whole day to get out of Texas and a car break down in some forsaken place, and we made it. I think I even might have said a "fuck you". No, that didn't come until a couple of years later. 


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