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 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 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 kara on February 21, 2013 at 9:54am

Hi all. Hope every one is well. I haven't really talked much here but I'm finding my anger and hurt are coming to the surface again. You see it's coming up for my birthday followed by mothers day and I've been estranged from my superstitious religious narcissist mother for roughly a year. It's been a tough year but there has also been healing. But there's one odd thin that keeps playing in my head, it's no where near the worst thing she ever did but it's been niggling at me for a while and I've never talked about it before. You see I used to hide baby jesus. I know weird sentence but at christmas mum would set up the little beautiful nativity scene and i would always proclaim that baby jesus wasn't born yet so he shouldn't be in the scene. I would take out little poly resin christ and hide him, different places every year. She would pretend to be annoyed and look for him and then on xmas eve I would dig him out at midnight and we would open one present. This carried on even till adulthood. Except the last time I did it, I was semi pagan with a fair dash of atheist and she knew this, she had claimed to be ok with it but when she noticed baby jesus was missing yet again she spat at me that I was being disrespectful of her faith and why did I care I was a pagan. It's strange but this has been a source of pain for me and remains so. was i foolish to think my childhood and family traditions would tolerate change?

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 19, 2013 at 8:09pm

Looks like a nice place James, definitely worth checking out!


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