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.

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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 Mriana on June 26, 2010 at 12:55pm
Gee, sounds almost as bad as Fundamngelicalism or maybe it's the Borg. Now I understand Lilith's comment in "First Contact"! "Borg? Sounds Swedish." lol Just kidding.
Comment by Mriana on June 26, 2010 at 12:28pm
That's sad that it is the other way around there.
Comment by Mriana on June 26, 2010 at 11:57am
"Atheists was very formal and distant and looking down on any need I might have."

I haven't had that experience, not even with my great uncle who was an atheist. The atheists (many who call themselves humanists) I've known personally are very warm and compassionate people. I usually catch hell from Fundamngelicals, but not so much from liberal Xians. Most of my life, I have found that the less religious a person is, the more caring and compassionate they are. The more religious people are the more abusive and hateful they are, even to their own family. Thus why I have a BIG problems with Fundamngelicals and always have. They can be very hateful, cruel, and dehumanizing group of people.
Comment by Mriana on June 26, 2010 at 2:52am
BTW, I was reinforcing your Spock humour. Maybe I should have called you Spock. lol
Comment by Mriana on June 26, 2010 at 2:49am
"I trust there could be many overly rational atheist that claim that cuddling a cat is meaningless and emotional and thus bad. :)"

Fred, there is nothing wrong with emotions. It is what makes us human and to not express them (appropriately of course) can lead to physical ailments.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on June 25, 2010 at 2:25pm
cuddling a cat more than the theist because the universe holds no meaning other than the emotions we can generate

Atheists can understand our common phylogeny with cats. They are mammals like we are. Once evolution is contemplated, we appreciate our common Gaian past.

Believers in Christ and Allah, however, miss this important consideration. It's as if religion has diverted and perverted the connection to nature and the animals. That's why humans are pushing the other animals off the planet like bacteria in a Petri dish.
Comment by Rudy Ruddell on June 25, 2010 at 1:46pm
"I trust there could be many overly rational atheist that claim that cuddling a cat is meaningless and emotional and thus bad. :)"
I see the smiley face so I know you are speaking tongue in cheek, but it inspires me to write nonetheless.
An atheist relies on emotions such as from cuddling a cat more than the theist because the universe holds no meaning other than the emotions we can generate. Atheists have no God to give them purpose. Atheists are not robots who just sit and compute; they are sentient beings and as such seek out pleasurable emotions. Of course, I cannot speak for all atheists, but my experience with atheists is that they tend to be cerebral but passionate and compassionate. I have met many atheists at a Universal Unitarian Church where they enjoy fellowship together. The is the meetup.com website that allows organization of actual meetings to discuss various topics. I want to go to these meetings, but it would cause more marital problems than I am willing to endure right now. The atheist internet-driven movement is just in its infancy. I think as time goes on more atheistic fellowship will occur where we can discuss topics and feelings and cats.
Comment by Mriana on June 25, 2010 at 10:47am
And that is one of the things I'm talking about. :)
Comment by Mriana on June 24, 2010 at 3:03pm
"To them being human is about logic and rational and emotions is something you do at home not at a humanist or atheist meeting unless it is the feelings of talking bad about the enemy."

Sounds like Fundamngelicals, except they rarely do emotions at home.

Anyway, you don't have to do what I was saying with anyone. In fact, I think it's better if you don't. You can just go out into the woods or whatever your favourite part of nature is, sit, relax, and just experience it. Just you and nature or you and your pet. You don't need anything or anyone more than that.
Comment by Mriana on June 24, 2010 at 10:23am
Fred,
I wasn't talking about religious feelings, I was talking about feelings of transcendence. These feelings the religious call "God" and others call it "spiritual" and Sam Harris has yet another, doesn't really matter, but these feelings are caused by external stimuli- such as music, smells, nature, even a hug- can trigger chemicals in the brain that cause these feelings. That is what is part of the human, part of being human. Not religion, not a god or whatever other concept a human being can conjure.

Whether or not I believe in feeling jealousy or revenge has nothing to do with it. One doesn't have to believe in order to have feelings. Humans have feelings. They might not have the same feelings, but they still have feelings, whether they believe in them or not. It's all neuro-chemical triggered by external stimuli. I'm not sure how to make it any simpler.
 

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