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 Round Peg on September 16, 2011 at 8:56pm

@Temmuz Salman

"To me, it is a shame that I never was a Muslim because that makes me a kafir, not a mürted and that would be cooler to refuse Islam after being raised up as a Muslim."

Ha! Nice perspective! I'm not a mürted either. Unless you extend "God" to include the triune Christian God - then I'd make the cut.

You know, I've heard Christians (including myself back in the day) use different English words/phrases to talk about similar ideas.

  • ridde ~ Falling away [from the faith]
  • kafir ~ unreached or unevangelized (people who have never heard the Gospel before, missionary sort of context), or unbeliever which makes no distinction about whether the person has heard it before or not.
  • Mürted ~ This one is harder. One can talk of people who never had saving faith or whose faith dried up (in reference to a parable about seeds trying to grow in different types of soil, one of which was hard and dry)... any better ideas, anybody?

It seems like all the English/Christian ones I've come up with are more awkward, doesn't it? Either they're adjectives, or they're longer phrases (except unbeliever).

Comment by Temmuz Salman on September 16, 2011 at 6:37pm
In Ottoman Turkish, in which words with Arabic origin are swarming, it's called "ridde". It means refusing god after being a believer for a while and it's a bigger sin than being "kafir" (a person who never believed god). Because killing a "mürted" (a person who commits ridde) who doesn't consent to come back to Islam is approved in Koran. To me, it is a shame that I never was a Muslim because that makes me a kafir, not a mürted and that would be cooler to refuse Islam after being raised up as a Muslim. Refusing faith by yourself sounds like a more legitimate sign of being smart.
Comment by Round Peg on September 14, 2011 at 7:26pm
Good to have you in the group, Hope. You have a fascinating story... I never knew Islam was opposed to drawing.
Comment by Hope on September 12, 2011 at 12:43pm
awesome group.. yeah I was a muslim oneday that was about a year and a half! and I'm recovering everyday!
Comment by Madison Burnett on August 8, 2011 at 10:09am
Thanks I'll give that a shot
Comment by Madison Burnett on August 8, 2011 at 10:02am
This is, of course, assuming that she'll be willing to talk about it rationally. Unfortunately with her religion I will be branded as someone who has been possessed by the devil and it can very well steamroll down from there
Comment by Madison Burnett on August 8, 2011 at 1:48am
@Mike: Honestly, I'm not entirely sure. I'm an only child so I'm basically her life, but so is church. With me being, more or less, raised in this particular denomination, she's gonna hit the roof. Will she disown me? Probably not, will we be able to have a normal conversation without her trying to convert me back to something I really stopped believing in once I was 10 when I figured out that the pastor couldn't answer a simple question that I had? Probably not either, and it doesn't help that I'm living with her again because I needed to move back home because of various events.
Comment by Madison Burnett on August 8, 2011 at 1:22am

@Linda - Unfortunately, my mother is the type that no matter how this goes, she's probably going to hit the roof and I may get trapped by the pastor of her church at some point in time and have them pray Satan out of my heart or something like that.


Comment by Linda on August 7, 2011 at 11:29pm
@ Madison - Maybe just tell her you are an agnostic and are reconsidering things. She might be able to handle that, whereas, if you tell her you are now an atheist, she might have a stroke.
Comment by Madison Burnett on August 7, 2011 at 8:50pm
Thank you

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