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 Rich Goss on December 19, 2010 at 9:25am

Fundy, you're just escaped from a mental cage.  You should rejoice like the religious do on Easter Sunday.  Don't be down on yourself.  There are plenty of like-minded liberated people.  Most of us have been through religious training of some sort and survived.


Remember sex and bonding is natural to the human species.  Don't lose out on nature's greatest gift to humanity.  Have a positive attitude, be yourself, take care of your health and looks, and as Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never give up."



Comment by Atheist in FundyLand on December 18, 2010 at 11:06pm

Hello All,

I'm 43 years old and I'm beginning to think I've recovered as much as I'm going to.  I still wish I could fix what was done to me sexually, but after twenty years of off and on therapy, it still isn't fixed. I wish I could have a normal relationship, but I don't think it's going to happen.

On the plus side, I no longer fear hell and I'm comfortable with my atheism, even if my family and community are not.  I still have run-ins with fundies and it still upsets me, but I'm OK with who I am.  I just have a hard time accepting that most of those around me believe crazy things.

I've been to Marlene Winell's retreats, but (once again) I think I've recovered as much as I'm going to.  The best I can do is hang on for the rest of my earthly ride. No "significant other" for me. I don't even know if I'm naturally asexual or if I'm just so dysfunctional it's hopeless. *shrug*


Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead. ;)

Comment by Brandon Givens on December 15, 2010 at 5:53pm

Here is a good resource on contradictions in Islam.

Comment by idcollapse on December 15, 2010 at 5:48pm

i am one of those who are trying to recover from religion.... i  was muslim for  a long time... i was brainwashed at school at home tv... evrywhere.

people who have any website links to rich atheist sites... should share them... we need free ebooks music. movies and doculentary..

thanks everybody

Comment by Marshall on December 6, 2010 at 9:45pm
Damned to a low carb diet...noooooooo. BTW, apparently I also have trouble spelling the word "it".
Comment by Darrel Ray on December 6, 2010 at 9:36pm
For the heinous crime of misspelling my name (which my own mother was prone to) we shall refuse pasta from your diet for a full week and - and no garlic bread either. The Flying Spaghetti Monster will record you in the book of beer to subtract one from your current infinite supply. Laziness is no excuse.
Comment by Marshall on December 6, 2010 at 9:19pm
FYI, I have misspelled Darrel's first name...I am aware of this but simply too lazy to do anything about ti.
Comment by Marshall on December 6, 2010 at 9:15pm
If you are a fan of Dr. Darrell Ray (founder of Recovering from Religion and author of The God Virus) and/or a fan of intelligent conversation about the effects of religion in our and other cultures, then I invite you to listen to our recently released interview with the man/legend himself at:

Feel free to share your thoughts with us either below in the comments or at


Comment by Rich Goss on December 2, 2010 at 8:19pm
Darrel, I'll call in Sunday. We have a lot to talk about. Remember the name, Rich Goscicki, as you and I have shared a lot of common thoughts together over the years. I assure you I'll get into the conversation ad libitum, with liberty.

See you then,

Comment by Rich Goss on November 29, 2010 at 11:02am
Darrel, my book Mirror Reversal has been criticized for being raunchy. The following excerpt makes some important points about sex and religion, however. I think it's what you might be looking for.

It's copywrighted but you're welcome to use any part you like.


“Of course, I’m uninhibited. Do you think I should feel ashamed of my body ‘cause some sexless priest preaches humans should feel shame, that our bodies are dirty, that we’re naturally evil due to the original sin of Adam and Eve? Makes no sense at all. Why should I be punished for the sins of somebody who never even existed? And if they did exist thousands of years ago, would God punish me for the sins of my ancestors?”

She hopped off the bed and started putting on her hot pants. “People would be a lot better off if they took the example of Terence, instead of relying on a book of myths to determine what’s right and wrong. In places still living in the Dark Ages, religious alphas would rather stone a young girl to death than allow her to show her face in public. Does that sound like the will of God? A lovely girl should be allowed to show her pussy in public and nobody think anything of it. Our present-day bodies just happen, through millions of years of evolution, to be the containers or temples our consciousness resides in. If nature gave us bodies that looked like cars, should we be ashamed to show our exhaust pipes?

Wayne choked on a sip of water. “Our Terrence, who hangs out in the Eight Ball?”

“Not quite,” said Cynthia, slipping on her Rolling Stones shirt. “Don’t you remember in high school we studied Publius Terence, the slave playwright? The man born a slave wound up being one of the humanity’s greatest writer/philosophers. One of the first to write romantic comedies. He’s remembered for the statement: ‘Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto.’ (I am man, nothing human is alien to me.) I’ll bet if the political alphas had more understanding and tolerance of the human condition, there wouldn’t be more than two million souls rotting away in cages – like zoo animals – in this country alone. What a horrible waste of humanity. By human condition, I mean we are conscious entities, destined to enjoy an incredibly vast and wonderful cosmos, to experience exquisite beauty and blissful physical pleasure, to have fun and love our families and our fellow voyagers through space. But, as wonderful as our human condition is, it’s ephemeral. Sadly, nature’s gift of consciousness is only on loan, and we must accept oblivion to give others a chance to share her bounty, as we were given our chance by our ancestors. Life is bittersweet: if people could face up to this sad existential situation, we’d have more compassion for each other, realize how wonderful consciousness is, and shun violence and the thrill-seeking risk of death. We all share the same sad inescapable fate: a lonely, dank grave and nothingness.”

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