October 11, 2018

By guest author Richard “Lifelong” might be a slight exaggeration: I abandoned Christianity when I was about fourteen and, while I‘m now eighty-six, I am still living. Let’s say that I’ve been a disbeliever long enough to have had a worthwhile experience of atheism. I grew up in a home that was only slightly religious. My parents rarely went to church, they weren’t members of any denomination, and they neither encouraged nor discouraged me from participating in religion. The exposure… Read more

October 2, 2018

By guest author V. Montgomery Thorp I was like a pilgrim wandering in the wilderness. Lost, disorientated and confused. There I was with D.J. and Thunderchicken, newly returned from Vietnam, coming down from an acid trip, at a Sierra Nevada rest stop with a sign that said, “the Donner Party was here.” I was lurking in the bushes mistakenly thinking I was safely concealed when D.J. reached into his lunch bag and lasered a citrus fireball like Nolan Ryan that… Read more

September 24, 2018

By guest author Don R I grew up in the church. Well, actually, the first 5 years of my life were not so church like. My mother left when I was about 2 years old. She never bonded with my sister or me, and so she left us with our father. He also didn’t have the ability to bond with anyone, so we were pretty much on our own from a very early age. Sometimes we had babysitters, but more often… Read more

September 20, 2018

By guest author Kit Summers I used to be a world-class juggler. Then I was hit by a truck and spent 37 days in a coma. I gave recovery my full effort but it was impossible to return to my former skill level, so I wrote a book about juggling and started a fresh salsa business — then I got hit by another truck. I was also sent to jail for a month on a false charge. I continued to… Read more

September 12, 2018

By Joe Omundson Everyone experiences dysfunction to some degree – insecurity, weakness, and trauma, which lead to misery and hurtful actions. We all have our weak points. They come from our culture, childhood circumstances, genetics, bad choices, and many other sources. Religious people might refer to this as our “sinful nature”. Most others would simply call it “life”, or being human. Along with our dysfunction we also have the latent ability to recognize and modify our sub-optimal patterns. This capacity to… Read more

September 11, 2018

By guest author Dennis Lurvey The Invention of “Spirit” I don’t know what “spiritual growth” is. There is no part of the brain for “spirit”, it doesn’t show up in a fMRI of the brain working in real time, and nobody has found an internal walkie-talkie to any outsiders, gods or otherwise, in our bodies or brains – so the talking and hearing “god” must be completely internal. There are no offices for faith healers in hospitals, no storage rooms for… Read more

September 9, 2018

How do our religious beliefs – or lack thereof – influence our sexuality? Dr. Darrel Ray of Recovering from Religion and Dr. Ali Imran are doing a study to find out. Ideas about sexuality are embedded deeply within the moral codes and social fabric of most religions. Faith informs our attitudes about gender roles, sexual activity outside marriage, and the purpose of sexual activity. How does this all play out in the real world? Help find the answer – click here… Read more

September 6, 2018

Mainstream Christian pastors want to make it as easy as possible for guests in their congregation to become members. After an emotionally charged sermon spent convincing the congregation that they are broken and need salvation from an eternity of torment, they present an offer that is too sweet to resist. “Want to be 100% sure you’re safe from the most horrible experience possible? Do you want the infinite God to live in your heart and grant you otherworldly powers and… Read more

September 1, 2018

Guest post by Tassja For as long as I can remember I’ve had this paralyzing fear of dying. I grew up in suburban Mississauga Ontario with my mom, grandma and grandpa. My mom had me at a young age and my father was in and out of the picture for the first few years of my life. Finally, he just stopped coming around. Grandma and Grandpa stepped in to help their daughter raise me while she attended University. They acted… Read more

August 18, 2018

Before I get into my deconversion story, let me introduce myself: my name is Joe Omundson and I am the new editor of Ex-Communications! I’m really excited that the excellent folks at Recovering from Religion brought me on board. I got a degree in engineering physics and worked as an electrical engineer for a few years, but in 2014 I quit my career to hike 2,650 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. It took me two… Read more

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