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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 on Sunday. 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 Meddlesome on February 22, 2013 at 5:25am

With all this talk of nativity scenes, I thought id add my favourite :)

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 22, 2013 at 2:52am

This is why I never had my children's IQ tested, yet I'm certain they have a much higher IQ than I, especially my extremely high achieving daughter. Though I never pressured them to achieve, they did that all by themselves. Self discipline is the best discipline, something I couldn't develop in an environment where all discipline was external, I never developed it properly for myself.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 22, 2013 at 2:44am

Parents are Christians, Dad protestant and Mum catholic. At the age of 14 I used to have immense fun at school, stone fights, fishing, very little actual school work. Had lots of girls to choose from, life was excellent, came home grinning every day. Parents thought I was either evil or getting into drugs, so they took me to a big psychiatric clinic with a dozen psychiatrists who looked at me like a dog turd when I arrived and ignored me, until after my test. It was the highest they had measured and suddenly they all wanted to be my friend. My parents and teachers were suddenly hassling me about working harder at school work, the old story "You can be what ever you want to be". So they shipped me of to boarding school, so I could be what I wanted to be. When really all I wanted to be is. I wanted to be left alone. :@

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 22, 2013 at 2:34am

I'm thinking I'm very lucky to be in a region where secularism rules. The worst experience in my life was having my IQ tested. It was the reason I was sent to a Christian boarding school. Though Christian boarding schools here are also moderate in that they accept all denominations and I had to go to church services, but they didn't specify which church. So I rotated between them all and even had supper at each one, without being confirmed in most. I ended up choosing the church with the prettiest choir girl and dated her for a while. So it wasn't all bad. Seeing it was a males only school.

Comment by James M. Martin on February 21, 2013 at 7:04pm

kara, I recall the first time I went to dinner at some friends who are like family to me in that I saw a lot of the wife's mother before she died of cancer.  When they found out I was and am an atheist, they still did the holding hands to say grace thingie.  I took the hands of those next to me but kept sneaking glances at the couple's youngest child, a smart girl of 11.  She was smiling at me.  I had to wonder, Is it possible she sees through all this dogmatic nonsense?

Comment by Patricia on February 21, 2013 at 2:11pm

I have to think of people like that as willfully ignorant, & they like it that way as they have no interest in learning anything else. Being our ''parent'' makes no difference......they still like to ostracize people in some ways, sneaky or not.

Comment by kara on February 21, 2013 at 1:59pm

Thank you Idaho. I think I just needed to vent.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 21, 2013 at 1:48pm

Kara, sorry to hear about your mother.

Comment by kara on February 21, 2013 at 1:42pm

That's exactly what it was and how she had previously always seen it. It was a cute family tradition that even though I'm an adult I still did because it had become part of the fabric of family xmas. What hurt was while i thought being atheist only meant not taking part in religion apparently to her it meant closely held holiday quirks where no longer open to me any more either.

Comment by Patricia on February 21, 2013 at 1:29pm

I had lousy ''parents of the year'', but the hurts never really go away. I can't get rid of the hurt/anger either, so I've had to place it in the past & try to live for today. Thankfully I have a husband, great in-laws (now deceased), friends & neighbors to help keep me reasonably sane......I think. 

After more than 7 years of dead silence, I got a surprise birthday card 3 weeks ago with an apology & request for forgiveness from ''mother''. This came after ''father'' had died a few years ago, so he's out of the picture. I wrote her a note thanking her for the apology, but I said NOTHING about forgiveness....I will not give her that.....because I wouldn't mean it anyway. We shall see what happens now, if anything, I guess. I don't love her, & I don't think I ever did......which of course does not make me a lousy person.

Sitting back here, I think your hiding the jeezuzz thing is a funny sort of kid type prank. Maybe you can see it that way too.

 

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