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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 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 Sarah Morehead on March 15, 2012 at 11:25pm

Hi everyone! I'm Sarah Morehead, and in addition to this great community resource here at AN, Jerry and I would also like to encourage everyone to get connected to a local RR group in your area if you are at all able to do so. If you don't have an RR group in your area, it is very easy to start one, and we help every step of the way with personal support as well as connecting you to the entire network of RR facilitators.

Also, for anyone heading to the Reason Rally next weekend, or the American Atheist National Convention, please make sure to stop by the RR table and say hi! We truly enjoy meeting everyone, hearing your stories, and learning from your valuable experiences.

If you can't make it to DC next weekend, you can always contact us at, or on Facebook or Twitter.  As busy as we are right now, we do see the comments posted here and we're thrilled such a supportive community has come together. 

Thanks for being you!

Comment by Darrel Ray on March 8, 2012 at 3:58pm

Friends of Recovering from Religion. As you know, Jerry and Sarah are putting in hundreds of hours a month to grow RR. Neither are anywhere close to the 1%. If you can spare something to help us get them to DC we would appreciate it and it will be doubled! This will be the most important event for RR and a time for many RR people to meet for the first time and strategize for our future.

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Comment by Alice on December 27, 2011 at 6:40pm

I'm really happy that this group is on here - because I think it can be frightening for newly enlightened atheists to be dropped into the apparent piranha soup of AN - LOL - meaning that any supernatural irrational thought is given no quarter... which can feel like being eaten alive to the newly enlightened and as yet un-de-contaminated of religous indoctranation.

Comment by Linda on December 21, 2011 at 10:41am

I enjoyed the Thanksgiving vs Tebowing Youtube clip in which Jerry Dewitt spoke. I can't seem to find the link here now, but whatever, it was in my e-mail notifications this morning and this is where it brought me. I just wanted to say thanks for posting.

Comment by Alan Michael Wilt on December 12, 2011 at 9:54pm

I hope it's not out of line to post this here, but as an atheist ex-Catholic with an MA in theology (phew! how'd that happen?) I'd like to introduce anyone who is interested to a cool and funny book I worked on as a freelance editor and which is now out on the market. The New Revised Catechlysm is a parody of the old Baltimore Catechism, and of the Catholic worldview in general. It'll be appreciated especially by ex- and recovering Catholics but will also appeal to students of religion (and no religion).

There's more information on my website at this link. Please understand that I derive no income from sales of this book--I was paid for my services, but I loved the project so much that I want to help it become a big hit for my client. I'm also thrilled with the end product, which I saw today for the first time.

So please take a look. It's the perfect gift for the lapsed Catholic (or even still-Catholic-with-a-sense-of-humor) on your shopping list, and is available in print and ebook formats.


Comment by Daniel K on November 8, 2011 at 10:55am
Providence: I've definitely had similar worries. I was born into a conservative Christian family, but I deconverted about five years ago. I think two reasons why I'm still occasionally struck with these irrational worries are 1. Having been indoctrinated through fear for so long, it's hard to completely shake off. 2. I've remained mostly in the closet, until the past few years. Being surrounded almost completely by Christians, I haven't really had anyone (except my older brother, who "fell away" around the same time that I did) to talk to openly. Thankfully, things have gotten somewhat easier since I left home to attend college, especially after finding online resources such as The Atheist Experience, The Non Prophets, RR, etc. Although I know I won't be as helpful as Jerry, feel free to message me if you ever feel the need. :)
Comment by Jerry W. DeWitt on November 1, 2011 at 3:58pm
My pleasure!!!!
Comment by Providence on November 1, 2011 at 3:43pm

Hi Jerry,

That'd be great. :) I'll be in touch.

Many thanks!

Comment by Jerry W. DeWitt on November 1, 2011 at 3:24pm

Hello Providence.

I'm the new RR director.

Let's talk about these recurring concerns.

Please feel free to contact me anyway you feel comfortable.

facebook me, "Jerry DeWitt"


We're here to help!

Comment by Providence on November 1, 2011 at 2:09pm

Hey all, It's been a while since I posted on here... Hi to all the new people! :)

I just want to air something. As some of you know, I am an ex-Catholic and I am getting married early next year. But for some reason every so often I start to worry that a civil wedding isn't a 'real' wedding, that god disapproves and that all that Catholic stuff I  used to believe is true.

I have rejected the Catholic faith (having been an Atheist for coming up to a year or so now)- but i wonder, why do these irrational and immensly powerful belifs still surface in my mind from time to time? why are they so hard to dismiss when they do? I KNOW intellectually that it is all non-sense but why does it still sometimes make me worry so much?

Have any of you had similar worries??



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