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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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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 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 Dyslexic's DOG on February 18, 2013 at 6:43am

You might think I hate Jesus by my avatar, but, no, I actually still have a soft spot for him.  He was like many others, indoctrinated into believing the Judaic god was benevolent.  He must have been lied to, from a young age to believe he was god's son.  I know a family who lied in the same way to their only son, telling him that he was chosen by god. They are in the church I left.  He still believes he has a special calling from god.  Similar to Jesus's delusion.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 18, 2013 at 6:32am

I think it was just after the story of the battle of Jericho that I really started to dislike this malevolent god, slaughtering an entire population, including innocents for the glorification of one now war criminal named Joshua.  Yes, massacre those innocent women, children and unborn in the name of god.  That story would be sickening to any rational person.

Not to mention the earlier flood which also killed millions of innocents because of a group of corrupt individuals.  Makes the god of the bible sound useless and mindless.  Surely there were much better ways for an (omniscient) all knowing (thus, knew all the perpetrators) to simply remove those it knew were it's enemies.

Such stupidity certainly doesn't deserve respect, nor worship from moi. 

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on February 18, 2013 at 6:22am

It was studying the Bible, privately, without my assigned elder, thinking it would make me a better Christian, that led me away from believing.

I decided to read it like any book, from start to finish and ignore the references my elder told me to use.  I wasn't far into the Old Testament before I realized that what I was reading was naive junk, not really worth belief.  The god I thought was omni-benevolent, actually turned out to be an omni-malevolent, narcissistic megalomaniac.  Guilty of extremely stupid crimes against the humans it supposedly loved.   I know why many atheists actually want bibles in all schools, because, to read it with a young, skeptical, inquiring mind will likely produce an atheist.   Because the bible is really an incredibly stupid book. 

Comment by Steph S. on January 6, 2013 at 11:24pm
Thank you Richard! Together we can recover from religion.
Comment by Richard C Brown on January 6, 2013 at 9:02pm

1/6/2013.We are ALL Recovering in some form.Let US Recover Together!!Together We Can !!

Comment by James M. Martin on January 1, 2013 at 9:50am

Paul, the Mayans were astronomers and had a pletora of gods and goddesses (e.g. Ixchel, goddess of fertility and therefore a cognate to the Aphrodite mythos), and they managed to integrate their pantheon in a way that correspondend to the heavens.  There is a ruin of an observatory at Chichen-Itza.  Crop success and thus survival of the species depended on propitiation of these gods. Astronomy's study did not benefit them, although your suggestion comes from a completely different perspective, from a few centuries' advancements in science.

Comment by Paul K on January 1, 2013 at 5:55am

Study the history of Astronomy, a great way to debunk the gods!

Comment by Paul K on January 1, 2013 at 5:52am

One tool I use is Astronomy. This alone has proven to be very useful, just by looking through an eyepiece brings up many question. It has led me to studying the history of Man and all things in-between. 5 years ago I made this decision in my life and never looked back, so to say. This so far has been the best journey of discovery, my question are answered through fact and evidence. Boy was I pissed when I started to discover! I was mad with myself for being deceived all those years, and that is part of my recovery. Acceptance for who I am.

Comment by Tabitha McCoy on December 19, 2012 at 11:01am

Thanks anyways, Regina :) The other links you gave me were a big help!

Comment by James M. Martin on December 18, 2012 at 6:12pm

@Regina Hilton Hotema wrote the preface to, I think, a reprint of a work by Gerald Massey, a 19th century Brit who debunked the Jesus myth as an amalgamation of ideas from paganism.  Hotema's intro was an examination of Constantine's slaughter of dozens of bishops before the Council of Nicea, from which both Catholics and Anglicans derive their "Nicene Creed."


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