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 James M. Martin on December 14, 2012 at 9:20pm

T Andrew, Freud wrote to debunk religious as mass delusion, and Jung wrote to claim that the UFO phenomenon was just as you say, a modern example of mass delusion.  One of my favorite writers on these things was the late Philip K. Dick, whose Valis Trilogy examined religion from different points of view.  One of the novels re-visited the disappearance, in the Holy Land, of the once-revered Episcopal bishop, Pike.  But the novel, VALIS, itself, is the shining masterpiece and one of the finest examples of imaginative fiction one could want.

Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2012 at 3:31pm

That's also why religion is a form of brain-washing......takes a long time to re-think for yourself.

Comment by Patricia on December 14, 2012 at 3:29pm

Just keep reading Tabitha, & have patience with'll eventually begin to clear away. Even though I was never able to believe, I had a lot of crap to unload from my upbringing as well as the damn moronism....still have some issues, but I can live with them.

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 14, 2012 at 3:23pm

And another thing...I hve this tendancy to cling to childish, almost delusional way of thinking. It's hard to let go of the belief in a soul, the whole god do I let it all go??

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 14, 2012 at 9:29am

@ Andrew Yeah! I think they just wnted to do something outside the norm of the regular religion, wanted to spice up a new religion to make themselves feel special. It really is quite ridiculous, and very sad. But hey, I've been there.

@Patricia Excellent! I will definitely look into those :) I've read a lot by Richard Dawkins, but I also hear he's kind of an arrogant jerk...I dunno. But thank you!!

@James Yes, it is least WE don't live in those kind of dark ages anymore. I'm glad we have the freedom to think for ourselves.

@Kara Welcome! I understand how you feel, and I know exactly where you are. I'm kinda in the same place right now. I hope you find some enlightening information here, as I already have :)

Comment by Patricia on December 13, 2012 at 11:49pm

Nice to meet you, Kara!

Comment by James M. Martin on December 13, 2012 at 10:19pm

I know about that, Tabitha, but the Church also confiscated the lands of "heretics."  We know that when Philip "le bel" of Spain began to feel threatened by the power and wealth of the Knights Templar, he contrived with the Pope to have them arrested and tried by the Inquisition. They were accused of worshiping the devil in the form of an hermaphroditic goat called Baphomet, a Byzantine plot contrived for purposes of a show trial.  Then the lands of the knights were divided up as spoils.  Sad, sad. 

Comment by kara on December 13, 2012 at 9:52pm

Hi I'm semi new, I've been a lurker for a while and just starting to get active. I have been on and off atheist for a long time my Father has always been atheist but my main caregiver my mother was very superstitious and religious as was my step father so I have been raised with very conflicting ideas. I have been through a spiritual phase which i would characterise as neo-pagan and historically inspired but I am entirely atheist and becoming comfortable with the peace that brings. so that's me can't wait to get to know some folks.

Comment by Patricia on December 13, 2012 at 1:35pm

Some interesting reading if you haven't found them already, Tabitha.....


I can't remember this site's name, but if you type ''vincent m. wales'' into your search, I think it could lead you to his writings, if he hasn't taken them down. 

And of course Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Michael Shermer, Victor Stenger, & David Mills who is a member (friend) here on AN.

Lots of really good learning out there & I keep finding new ones all the time.

Comment by T Andrew Klatt on December 13, 2012 at 10:10am

I appreciate Tabitha’s comments about Wicca, Gerald Gardiner and the “old religion.” I would add to this list Chares G. Leland’s Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches, a classic of amateur folklore collecting, that it is believed that Gardiner and other’s used in the creation of their “traditions.”

The Wicca, neo-pagan or neo-shamanistic movements just go to demonstrate (at least to my way of thinking) how we human beings go about creating religions. It is an interesting phenomenon to observe. The UFO/Alien abduction crowd is another perfect example of how humans seem to create false correlation out of unexplainable or misperceived events into religious or spiritual movements. 


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