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 yesterday. 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 Jennifer Kaufman on October 26, 2012 at 11:10am

gotta agree with you, Mary.  Richard Dawkins has been in trouble before for misogynist comments.  ENOUGH!

Comment by Mary O'Grady on October 26, 2012 at 9:10am

After reading Richard Dawkins's appallingly rude remarks to the feminist atheist Rebecca, I am just not interested in what else he has to say any more. There are plenty of other intelligent, articulate atheists to listen to.

Comment by Meddlesome on August 6, 2012 at 2:27am

@Ronda McBeth - "23 years on the Adventist Planet" sounds like an awesome book title !

Comment by Ronda McBeth on August 6, 2012 at 1:15am

I used to be so angry.  It was normal.  It was good and liberating, but after awhile it will hurt you.  I had a breakthrough at age 40.  I remember sitting in a tub, naked, holding myself and sobbing and laughing at the same time.  All of a sudden, I was grateful...grateful for it all...every stinking lousy thing, because it had made me who I was and all of a sudden I realized I LIKED WHO I WAS.  Since then, I've experienced moments of anger, but they subside and I mostly laugh about my Seventh-day Adventist years...I love my absurd sense of humor that was no doubt born out of living such an absurd first 23 years on the Adventist planet! 

Comment by Justin True on July 17, 2012 at 11:25am

I was raised in a Southern Baptist home. My alcoholic father's motto was, God, Family, Country... So, when I became 18, joined the Marines, I found absolutely no reason to believe his BS. So I went through something similar to my own death. I was afraid, then scared, and now I am angry. I think coming into Atheism and comprehending your own demise, and the realization that this life is it... its extremely liberating! But! Like death, we all handle it in our own ways. We need to go through all of these stages in order to properly shake the dogma that is in our brains. My "piss and vinegar" about religion makes my life fun, exciting, and is a huge catalyst in my life right now and I wouldn't trade it for nothing!

Comment by Tally Cass on July 1, 2012 at 11:01am

Hi everyone, 

There's a new rr group in Portland Oregon.  Go to

Comment by Intrinsic Dignity on June 28, 2012 at 10:51am

Can anyone relate to my experience, which I illustrated in this metaphorical animation?

Comment by dr kellie on June 26, 2012 at 11:50am

I love my chainsaw:) 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2012 at 11:46am

"Anger is a useful but dangerous tool."

Yes, kind of like a chain saw. 

Comment by Pamela Dale on June 26, 2012 at 10:11am

I grew up angry about a great many things.  It helped me get out of a very bad environment but like a double-edge sword, it also hurt me.  When I finally discovered about the truth of religions I was not angry, I think it was because I suspected that God and religion was false for a long time because of my hard life. I think my reaction was a great sadness to know that we are here alone and there was no real reason for my suffering.  Now I am looking for the contentment in the truth of my existence in a world without an equalizer. Anger is a useful but dangerous tool.  Be careful with your anger, it can burn away the dross but the heat can also prevent you from seeing the seeds of truth.


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