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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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

"Thief in the Night"

Started by cbenhamcox. Last reply by Luara Aug 18, 2013. 2 Replies

Last night I was reading Seth Andrew's book, Deconverted, and I almost fell out of my chair when he discussed being forced to watch the end times film from the 1970's call "A Thief in the Night."  He described some of the scenes, and I had a…Continue

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Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:14am
watch the whole slew of Minchin's songs. He's funny, gentle, smart and quite the talent. A combination that is lethal to myth-keepers.

Here's a great song that synthesizes what it means to be a humanist. Notice his gentle takedown of worshipping a "dead palestinian" and in the song "confessions" he would "rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu.'. He's a great example of how to defuse the bomb of discussing the inanity of the religious while simultaneously setting it off...... without collateral damage.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:08am
I find myself doing the same thing. Here's a little help.
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 9:05am
I agree with your humor suggestion. It seems to me that I waste my time and am feeding in to a part of me that wants to dominate, regardless of my actual caring about the other persons beliefs. I do hope that I'm aiding, sometimes I'm just being aggressive.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 8:55am
Shelby, apologize for nothing. You, in your arguments, are aiding the deluded. Don't go soft for fears of hurting someone's feelings about a being that is nothing more than a phantasm. Don't be mean, just be irreverent. And do so with humor. That's the best medicine.
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 8:03am
I find myself losing the desire to provoke arguments with theists on the subject of god and the bible. I am grateful for this for a couple of reasons: I have wasted too much of my life on prayer and argument, and I worry that if I am responsible for the debunking of a person's beliefs I am also responsible for the potential crisis that follows. Perhaps that guilt is a tie to religion I am yet to sever, but I don't wish to add to suffering. But, I sometimes can't bite my tongue.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 3:32am
to quote Tim Minchin: I guess we're just fucking monkeys with shoes...."
Comment by Rayray on June 14, 2010 at 12:58pm
Richard, and that's the very god that the Christian religion would have you worship given the Genesis story about not eating from the tree of knowledge.
Comment by Rich Goss on June 14, 2010 at 11:27am
Corey, about the fear of hell you mention. There's a line I always admired: there can't be a god who would damn you for refusing to abandon reason.

If there is the god isn't worthy of respect. From Meditations of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Comment by Amy on June 13, 2010 at 8:40pm
Good for you Corey, that's a big step!
Comment by Mriana on June 13, 2010 at 7:54pm
That's a great new beginning, Corey. :)

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