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. 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 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??


Comment by Peggy Henderson on October 27, 2011 at 4:56pm
Thank you for the link to Living After Faith.  'Breaking Their Will' was shocking.  And I found the Valerie Tarico series on YouTube.  Lots to absorb.  Expect frequent returns.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on October 17, 2011 at 10:28pm

Darrel, quite so.  You're right.  I'll apologize to the preacher straightaway.  Must be pent up hostility for what these televangelists and Sunday sermonizers are doing to people.  Also, the Republican debates with the likes of Rich Perry and Michelle Bachmann are getting to me.  Just to picture them taking over gets me incensed.  The Supreme Court justices are six out of nine Catholics.  Corporations are people too, right? 

Look at what 9/11 has done to this country.  Thousands of innocent lives lost, trillions in debt.  The last ten years has ruined this country and religion has a lot to do with it.  I felt a little anger was justified.       

I’ll get on the preacher’s website and apologize right now. 


Comment by Darrel Ray on October 17, 2011 at 9:39pm
Yes, Richard you were harsh and unnecessarily so and you can help it. I would ask that you consider that you do not know the condition under which a given human being is living, before you fire your broadsides. A little compassion and cutting some slack is the least I would expect. I know a good deal about his situation and it does not merit criticism.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on October 16, 2011 at 3:22am
He could be very near retirement and need the stability of his pension.  I'm not going to come down hard on a person for needing a place to live, etc. Besides, my old best friend went to seminary where she learned a large number of ministers don't actually believe in god.  Hopefully, he is teaching his "flock" to be nicer people.

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