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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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Catholic Family / Atheist Wedding - HELP

Started by Megan. Last reply by Peggy Henderson Sep 1, 2013. 3 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

Has it Been Easy for Anyone?

Started by Nathan Hevenstone. Last reply by Adam Valerius Aug 15, 2013. 9 Replies

I wonder if anyone who's gone from faith to non-faith has done it relatively easily? I ask because, for me, it's not really been that tumultuous. I guess it has a lot to do with my upbringing. Despite my family being really religious, it has also…Continue

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Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 2:00pm
I only believe in the observable. I'm not a scientist, but I gotta see it to believe it. Our physical existence is the only real bite of the apple we get. That existence includes love, pain, grief, joy, laughter, unfortunate suffering, and loss. But it is the only trip we get to take thru this magnificent, serendipitous universe, and in the grand scheme of things, we're here for less time than the blink of an eye, then we're gone. And the universe won't even notice our absence. Only the ones we love and those who love us matter. We need to cultivate that love as much as possible and spread it like dandelion seeds. Setting those seeds upon the wind is up to us. And if it allows us to leave our little corner of our world better and cleaner, kinder and gentler than we found it, we've succeeded in our lives. No easy task and no higher truth that I know of.

j.
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 1:43pm
Absolutely. I am pro-laughter... It's funny how a concept can become so ingrained in one's mind that even after dismissing it, it remains a part of life without any known existence. I find concerning myself with the physical world to be the most beneficial to furthering my understanding of anything, people, thoughts, emotions, etc. You?
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 1:25pm
You're very welcome. Remember: Laugh. Let the theists argue. The burden of proof is on them, not us.
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 9:41am
Thanks, Joey. I really enjoyed the song. Talk to you soon.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:38am
i have yard work to do (yuck) and I'll check back in later. Shelby, we have a great community of decent, loving, caring human beings. Atheism, I'm finding, becomes easier as you embrace it, investigate it, talk about it with other non-believers and less polarizing when we do to religion only what it deserves: point and laugh. Enjoy the songs. We'll talk some more.
j.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:34am
enjoy.
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 15, 2010 at 9:28am
I'm listening to it now
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:24am
I'm sorry, "white wine in the sun" contains the reference to Dawkins/Tutu.
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:16am
Comment by joeyess on June 15, 2010 at 9:14am
watch the whole slew of Minchin's songs. He's funny, gentle, smart and quite the talent. A combination that is lethal to myth-keepers.

Here's a great song that synthesizes what it means to be a humanist. Notice his gentle takedown of worshipping a "dead palestinian" and in the song "confessions" he would "rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu.'. He's a great example of how to defuse the bomb of discussing the inanity of the religious while simultaneously setting it off...... without collateral damage.
 

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