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Started this discussion. Last reply by Rachel Feb 13, 2011. 2 Replies

Who wins the prize? The prize being a mind free from stupidstition??

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Nerdlass replied to Rachel's discussion Why can't we let it go easily? in the group Recovering from Religion
"I climbed out from a car wreck. Mom called it a miracle. I called it a second chance. Some words lose their original meanings or change. Consider 'holiday'. I doubt many people think 'holy day' when they get the day off,…"
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Eric A Flynn replied to Rachel's discussion Why can't we let it go easily? in the group Recovering from Religion
"Rachel, As a victim of some rather severe religious indoctrination and abuse, I can fully appreciate what you are talking about.  I have had PTSD and anxiety/panic disorder since about age 8 and it came to a head at about age 26.  I was…"
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Kasey Kort replied to Rachel's discussion Why can't we let it go easily? in the group Recovering from Religion
"James, I think Rachael's beef is with her own negative experience with religion, as well as other's she has known who share a negative experience.  It's unavoidable to point a negative finger at a belief system you have had a…"
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James Allison replied to Rachel's discussion Why can't we let it go easily? in the group Recovering from Religion
"Rachel, even though I lean more towards atheism then I ever did in the past, I can't seem to totally give up on the Bible or the god-belief. Religion does not scare me - the misuse of it does. An atheist with an attitude can be just as…"
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Tim R. replied to Rachel's discussion Why can't we let it go easily? in the group Recovering from Religion
"Rachel, I don't know if this is still relevant to you but if not it is maybe helpful for someone else.   I am currently reading a really good book which is called "Leaving the fold" written by Marlene Winell. It is a guide for…"
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Kasey Kort replied to Rachel's discussion Why can't we let it go easily? in the group Recovering from Religion
"I think it is hard to let it go because most societies all over the world teach some belief in a higher being and this has been going on for all recorded history.  A belief in a higher being has always been part of the fabric of every society I…"
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Rhonda Boyer replied to Rachel's discussion Why can't we let it go easily? in the group Recovering from Religion
"I think sometimes, it is easier to deal with what we have known, and are used to.  We were taught certain things when we were young, and letting go of them can be hard.  There is a comfort level, and a familiarity, even if we know what we…"
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6 more posts till 666: Who will be the lucky poster?

Who wins the prize? The prize being a mind free from stupidstition??
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Why can't we let it go easily?

I am very perplexed why religion has such a hold on our mids. I have read The God Gene and many other books which say that religion plays some sort of genetic or evolutionary force, but so do a lot of other things that I can CHOOSE TO LIVE WITHOUT.I have chosen to live without religion but it is like a mental illness. I still find my self praying and I can only blaspheme like a mad person to stop it.It is mental illness. I have PTSD from my experiences in the church and if religion were not…See More
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At 2:06pm on May 28, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Greetings, Rachel! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D

At 6:05pm on February 15, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Rachel, and welcome to this wonderful world of Internet atheism----a haven from the superstitious nonsense of the fictional god of the masses.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 400 discussion topics and 2400 members.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry
At 12:05pm on February 15, 2011, Gianni Di said…

 

You know, what also helped me was knowing that not all religious constructs were as stupid as evangelicalism .... I was exposed to higher criticism in school and always respected it ... I'm talking about studies such as detailed in Bart Ehrman's books such as "Jesus Interrupted" ... if you haven't read any of his work you might enjoy it. He's a former fundy who went on to receive his Doctorate in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and who is a well known and respected Bible scholar today and, a non believer.

 

Point being, when you see how silly and immature evangelical theology or any theology targeted for the masses is, you can easily dismiss it.

 

Example:

 

Mark's gospel says jesus was crucified on Passover morning at around 9 AM, John's gospel says he was crucified at around 2PM the day BEFORE ... which was right? ... No evangelical would ever attempt to answer me ... but if such basic information could be in error what is the basis for trusting anything written in the book ... If there were any integrity to the bible

where could anyone get knowledge of god from? ... other scriptures are just as bad if not worse and no one believes we should trust the word of people alive today.

 

Anyway, you are in good company and in a good place ... try to avoid confrontations until your new worldview sinks in and becomes a part of you and rant away here when you need to

At 2:39pm on February 13, 2011, Jonno said…
Hello and welcome x
At 3:18am on February 13, 2011, Atheist Princess said…
Welcome Fellow Heathen ( :
At 6:54pm on February 11, 2011, Brent Feeney said…
Welcome aboard!!! =)  Hope you're doing well...
At 6:46pm on February 11, 2011, Ken said…
Hello and welcome!!!  We are certainly glad to have you join us.
 
 
 

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