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 Joan Denoo on November 25, 2013 at 7:26pm

Darrel, you give the best description of religion and family violence I have heard. This information needs to be read and seen and heard in a far wider audience. Please post on Twitter, Facebook, and any other social network. Religion is the root of all family violence! I have no doubt about it! 

The population needs to hear about masturbation, but they need to understand family violence even more. Masturbation is a private event, usually; family violence involves the whole family, education, health delivery, laws and law enforcement and the religious community.

A huge big hug to you! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 4:17pm

I've been thinking about reading your book.  Perhaps I will.  However, I've wondered how much good it would do at my age (72).  I'm sure I'll never marry again and am very reluctant to let another woman get that close to me.

Comment by Darrel Ray on November 25, 2013 at 3:55pm

Idaho Spud, glad to hear that the talk was useful. There is much much more to think about in Sex and God. I advocate doing a thorough cleaning of the religious bullshit so that you can begin building positive sexual skills. The last five chapters of the book are designed to help start the process of cleaning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 25, 2013 at 3:39pm

Darrel, I very much liked your talk at Little Rock.  

Since leaving mormonism my viewpoints about sex have changed dramatically.  I now reason the way you do about sex.  

I was glad to hear you say that we suffer considerable harm because of our religious indoctrination about sex.  My sex life has been quite miserable, so I've been thinking a lot of it was due to religion, but have had no source to back me up.  


Comment by Richard Goscicki on November 25, 2013 at 8:39am

"Did Jesus Masturbate, talk at Reason in the Rock, Arkansas in Oct.”

To the academic and theoretical question above, I’d have to express the opinion: definitely not.  Remember to be a suitable sacrifice to God the Father to even consider it, the victim had to be absolutely perfect, sinless and guilt free. 

Jesus wasn’t even human enough to be born naturally through the birth canal.  I’m sure if the savior choked the chicken even once, God the Father would have been really distraught and dismayed, and the whole redemption process would have been blown.  In other words, humans would have had no chance of being saved, and we’d all be destined to eternal fire.   

Good thing they didn’t have porno in those days.



Comment by Darrel Ray on November 24, 2013 at 11:03pm

Here are a couple of talks I have given on Sex and Secularism.

Did Jesus Masturbate, talk at Reason in the Rock, Arkansas in Oct.

My talk at the 2012 American Atheist convention, Washington, DC.

Comment by Lillie on August 11, 2013 at 9:05am

Thanks, Brandon.  My fragile friend did not bring up the topic, my other non-fragile friend did.  My fragile friend does have a very strong family support system so she will probably survive.  I do feel some sense of relief that I didn't just "go along" with the conversation of a god directed universe.  When the topic came up, I just immediately started shaking my head "no" without even thinking.

A comical  thing did happen that brought a chuckle.  My fragile friend told me that she knew some people who knew an atheist.  I told her that now she knew an atheist.

Comment by Brandon Givens on August 10, 2013 at 12:23pm

Hi Lillie,

You shouldn't feel guilty if they brought it up, even if you got a little joy from the conversation. There's no reason you should live your life afraid that you'll destroy someone's fragile psyche by challenging their worldview.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2013 at 12:15pm
Lillie, I agree with you 100%.
Comment by Lillie on August 10, 2013 at 12:12pm

Thank you all for your responses.  If I did not have a purpose you would have certainly inspired me.


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