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.

Website: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org
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Members: 548
Latest Activity: Sep 24

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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 Idaho Spud on December 18, 2012 at 11:19am

Regina, I've heard thousands of stupidities from religious people, but "The lord doesn't like you thinking" may be the worst.

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 18, 2012 at 9:51am

@ Regina xD I lol'd!

Comment by Regina Goodwin on December 17, 2012 at 11:57pm

@Chris - I remember this so-called preacher was trying her best to convert me.  I remember reading a book called by Hilton Hotema. She told me that it was wrong for me to read it.  I asked her why, she said, I can tell that it made you think and the lord does not like that.  I told her to piss up a rope.

I guess she is still trying to figure that out.

Comment by Chris Loren on December 17, 2012 at 11:01pm

@regina....I know what you mean...same here, that's why I built my website....gives me a way to express this craziness with the hope that it will help someone to recover or at least begin to think...:-)

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 17, 2012 at 9:41am

@ Joan That's really good that you're looking at it with a positive attitude :) Not condemning it or anything like that...

@Regina and Chris Thank you :) I just wish I could be free of all that is all...I mean, most of my family is Christian, and a lot of my friends are religious. It comes with the territory lol (Texas!).

Comment by Chris Loren on December 17, 2012 at 12:09am

I support the cause....it took me 40 years to recover.

Comment by Regina Goodwin on December 16, 2012 at 11:24pm

Tabitha, it takes years to re-format that hard drive.  I am still erasing sectors.  Be patient. 

Regina

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 8:55pm

I had a wonderful adventure into witchcraft when I left religion and knew I wanted something in my life that had some mysticism to it. A group of us, about 12 women, who had left traditional religions because of the mindbinding, started a ritual group. It was a very special period of my life, but it, too, became dogmatic and each of us became much more skeptical of mysticism and dogma. We stayed together but became more of an atheist/agnostic/freethinker type group.

I am sure we will evolve into other foci because we are all environmentalist, and concerned about the many changes taking place in the world. Things we cannot control, but there are things we can think and do that will be much more focused on the Earth and all that implies. 

Comment by James M. Martin on December 16, 2012 at 8:53am

I have, or had, an early edition of Aradia by Leland.  Important book if one is studying witchcraft. But all of it is pagan and dualistic.  All these religious eat each other up.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 12:22am

Richard Goscicki, I am so sorry to learn of your Paget's disease coming out of remission. I have never heard of it so had to Google it. I  do hope you have good medical care and that you are able to find a way to get back into remission. 

Thank you, dear fiend, for your comments about Dawkins. Of course you are correct; I reconsidered my position and decided I was in error and you, my dear friends, clearly gave me reason to change my mind. You are exactly right. Don't blame the messenger. I do like it when I have the opportunity to rethink my position; I tend to be opinionated and must rethink such matters. 

Yes, you are my friend, and I consider you a very valuable and enlightened one. 

With all the ghastly things happening, school shooting, the pope giving his blessing on a women trying to put homosexuals to death and that nonsense Supreme Court judge Scalia and his priest son, it is time I get more vocal and honestly challenge them. I am not alone in this; many more people come to the realization that it is obvious religion does more harm than good.

"Where religion did make a difference, it was more in support of slavery than in opposition to it. Arguments from scripture were used in Parliament to defend the slave trade. Frederick Douglass told in his Narrative how his condition as a slave became worse when his master underwent a religious conversion that allowed him to justify slavery as the punishment of the children of Ham. Mark Twain described his mother as a genuinely good person, whose soft heart pitied even Satan, but who had no doubt about the legitimacy of slavery, because in years of living in antebellum Missouri she had never heard any sermon opposing slavery, but only countless sermons preaching that slavery was God's will. With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil that takes religion."

~ Steven Weinberg 
Professor of Physics, University of Texas at Austin 
Winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics.
  

 

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