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 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 joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 11:45pm
That sounds like fun. Wear a pollution mask. The air is bad, I hear. Real bad.
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 11:28pm
A wise apprehension.
Managing a night club sounds cool. Missouri is one of the few states I have not visited. Always makes me think of the Tom Waits song "Bottom of the World" due to the reference.
I'm going to Mexico City in October and may not come back for a while. I've never been south of Texas and am looking forward to it.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 11:19pm
I manage a night club in Missouri and am getting by doing what I can..... I would like to get down to the Gulf to help, but BP would just poison me and then wait for me to die to settle out of court with my wife. ;^)
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 11:08pm
Nice to meet you, too. Right now I work delivering bailed hay to farms. I recently moved to Florida and am getting by doing what I can for work. I would like to get over to the Gulf and help out.

How about you?
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 10:48pm
ahh. I just read your bio. I'm a bit older, but we're quite similar. No college. work for a living. and somehow we've managed to find critical thinking skills on our own. small world.

cheers!

j.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 10:45pm
nice to meet you , by the way, Shelby. What do you do for a living?
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 10:44pm
Nice, I wish we could too.

Peace
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:23pm
Agreed. Live and let live, and to quote the bible (gasp!) I am my brother's keeper.

I wish we could all follow this simple creed.

And yes, we as a species will never completely leave silly superstitions behind, but this monkey-in-shoes certainly has.

;^)
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 8:45pm
Thanks, Joeyess.
I would prefer the superstitions be left behind as well. My way of thinking is that seeing as this is not logically likely when we observe the constant beliefs by those who can not produce a shred of evidence supporting their beliefs, it is better for me to look for positives in an otherwise ignorant, frustrating system of logic where proof is claimed by the statement "because I know". It is funny, no doubt. For me, I find comfort in any connection between myself and others, and in the possibility that even the misguided can contribute to our world in a loving way. Of course, I do not support extremists and am disgusted by their exploitation of those who are seemingly unable to think logically for themselves so are influenced through fear and rhetoric.
I in no way condone the malicious acts of any group and am saddened by their being strengthened and encouraged to continue by numbers.
I respect your views one-hundred percent. I just find it helpful in my life to find the good as best I can, and in the face of absurd claims and morals stemming from nonsense I find that for me it is best to investigate into the positives that are produced by them. Otherwise, I grow angry and frustrated which only leads to my negative impact on others and on myself. And yes, I sometimes find it helpful to point and laugh.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 8:18pm
Thanks again, however I take exception to your statement that:

If what it takes for someone to find peace is for them to believe in a god or a unicorn or the goblin responsible for stealing their socks, I am just happy for them when it enables them to spread seeds of compassion and love and not partake in holy wars and ostracizing those who know these beings to be nothing at all but silly wishes.

I would prefer we leave silly superstitions behind, even benign ones. Because even the benign enables the extremist to exist. Indeed, I believe, that even the benevolent forms of belief enable the extremists to wrap themselves in a cloak of sacrosanctity. So, I'm in no way, shape or form very tolerant any longer towards believers because they do nothing to reel in their wing-nuts.

The one headline you will never read?

Fundamental-Atheist Group Blows Up Airliner. 300 Dead. Richard Dawkins Claims Responsibility.

So, no. I just don't think I'll give them quarter. I'll point and laugh or just quietly shake my head and walk away. Depending on their level of Teh Stoopid and my threshold for toleration of Teh Stoopid at that particular time.
 

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