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 James M. Martin on February 24, 2013 at 8:46am

Joan, they don't need wife beatings in Christianity: all women are relegated to the status of Stepford Wives, and they are brainwashed into enjoying it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2013 at 1:43pm
Islam: How to beat your wife.
Thanks Critical Thinker.
Comment by kara on February 22, 2013 at 8:09am


I understand very much what you say. I had and have seen through the dogma and in my personal life I've found a happy balance of secularism combined with seasonal celebration and a small amount of ritual but mostly just little quirks that I hope will become my own families traditions in years to come. I think my saddness in relation to the nativity thing is a sense of unfair loss of a sweet mother and daughter in joke that I had no idea I would be excluded from. I really had no idea how religious she was until I told her I wasn't.

Now I'm hungry but I can't decide who looks tastiest :P

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 22, 2013 at 2:52am

This is why I never had my children's IQ tested, yet I'm certain they have a much higher IQ than I, especially my extremely high achieving daughter. Though I never pressured them to achieve, they did that all by themselves. Self discipline is the best discipline, something I couldn't develop in an environment where all discipline was external, I never developed it properly for myself.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 22, 2013 at 2:44am

Parents are Christians, Dad protestant and Mum catholic. At the age of 14 I used to have immense fun at school, stone fights, fishing, very little actual school work. Had lots of girls to choose from, life was excellent, came home grinning every day. Parents thought I was either evil or getting into drugs, so they took me to a big psychiatric clinic with a dozen psychiatrists who looked at me like a dog turd when I arrived and ignored me, until after my test. It was the highest they had measured and suddenly they all wanted to be my friend. My parents and teachers were suddenly hassling me about working harder at school work, the old story "You can be what ever you want to be". So they shipped me of to boarding school, so I could be what I wanted to be. When really all I wanted to be is. I wanted to be left alone. :@

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 22, 2013 at 2:34am

I'm thinking I'm very lucky to be in a region where secularism rules. The worst experience in my life was having my IQ tested. It was the reason I was sent to a Christian boarding school. Though Christian boarding schools here are also moderate in that they accept all denominations and I had to go to church services, but they didn't specify which church. So I rotated between them all and even had supper at each one, without being confirmed in most. I ended up choosing the church with the prettiest choir girl and dated her for a while. So it wasn't all bad. Seeing it was a males only school.

Comment by James M. Martin on February 21, 2013 at 7:04pm

kara, I recall the first time I went to dinner at some friends who are like family to me in that I saw a lot of the wife's mother before she died of cancer.  When they found out I was and am an atheist, they still did the holding hands to say grace thingie.  I took the hands of those next to me but kept sneaking glances at the couple's youngest child, a smart girl of 11.  She was smiling at me.  I had to wonder, Is it possible she sees through all this dogmatic nonsense?

Comment by kara on February 21, 2013 at 1:59pm

Thank you Idaho. I think I just needed to vent.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 21, 2013 at 1:48pm

Kara, sorry to hear about your mother.

Comment by kara on February 21, 2013 at 1:42pm

That's exactly what it was and how she had previously always seen it. It was a cute family tradition that even though I'm an adult I still did because it had become part of the fabric of family xmas. What hurt was while i thought being atheist only meant not taking part in religion apparently to her it meant closely held holiday quirks where no longer open to me any more either.


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