Recovering from Religion

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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 7 hours ago. 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. 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 Victor 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 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
Comment by Jennifer on August 7, 2011 at 8:46pm
The American Atheists web site has an article that might be some help to you:

 

http://www.atheists.org/atheism/coming_out

 

I think they have some great advice, and even give some tips on how best to answer the inhabitable questions you will get from your mom, and other family or friends that you talk to about it.

 

Hope that helps!


 

Comment by Madison Burnett on August 7, 2011 at 6:08pm
anyone have an advice on how to maybe broach the subject of one's nonthiestic-ness (if there is such a word) to their highly conservative/religious mother who will not be able to ever come close to understanding how/why i no longer believe?
Comment by Marshall on August 7, 2011 at 3:36pm
 

Just wanted to invite everyone to listen to a recently released discussion with Darrel Ray. It's a in depth talk with Darrel about his recently released sex survey. You can find it here: http://agnosticsalvation.podomatic.com/ .

 

It's a pretty fun and informative interview and we have it on fairly good authority that the Flying Spaghetti Monster will be most displeased if you pass up on this opportunity. Is not listening to it really worth an eternity of stale beer and herpes? Personally, I wouldn’t take the chance.

Marshall

 

Comment by Earther on July 18, 2011 at 9:35am
How do we know if we have completely recovered?  Are born atheist completely recovered from religion? If we relax our views will something crazy pop into our heads?  Is our biggest fear laziness?
 

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