November 14, 2019

Recovering from Religion’s first-ever Fall Excursion took place from September 20th-22nd, 2019. It was a weekend full of love, healing, friendship, and catharsis. Gayle Jordan, executive director of Recovering from Religion, created the following summary of the weekend. I have taken it from her blog with permission. The peace, comfort, and happiness I saw on so many faces was the truest and most profound gift to me. Thank you, my friends. The cliche´ “everyone has a story,” was never more… Read more

October 31, 2019

By James Fielding — Growing up in a strong evangelical household, I was always told that God had a plan for my life. My all-consuming goal was to find out what God had in mind for me and do my best to fulfill it. Needless to say, once I reached the conclusion that I didn’t have the evidence to support the belief in any god, let alone a capital G god, I quickly came to the realization that there wasn’t… Read more

October 24, 2019

By Marty McDonald — When I was religious, I felt I was “at war with myself”. I’ll list some of the ways a person might feel at war with themselves. If you believe you must become less so Jesus can become more, you might be at war with yourself. If you exclaim “It’s no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me”, you might be at war with yourself. If you feel guilty about your sexuality, you might… Read more

October 17, 2019

By Sharon Sanders, RfR volunteer — People who care only partially are dangerous, and for that reason I no longer accept partial caring in my life.  Partial caring takes the form of people who only care a little bit, or people who care some of the time when it suits them. But the worst are people who care only under certain conditions. Most of us have experienced conditional love all of our lives. In my life, conditional love has been… Read more

October 10, 2019

By W. Scott Parker III, RfR Volunteer — Carnival’s coming to town! In a small town, in the 1960s, this was big news. Where the most exciting thing was an occasional fire, this was really big news. Lights! Music! Rides! And the odd folks who would appear from the surrounding area.  The hucksters, with their practiced smiles, would encourage you to come on down, just as you are, and play their “games of skill,” where one was never quite skillful… Read more

October 3, 2019

By James Fielding — Alright, so maybe I am exaggerating slightly. I can’t completely give my pastor ALL the credit for my eventual departure from religion. Let’s just say he planted a very important seed in fertile soil. While it took several years, a few hundred miles, and some life changes to finally blossom, my “fall from grace” can be traced back to a single point in time on a fateful Sunday. This part of my story is just about… Read more

September 26, 2019

By Tina — I’m 60 years old, and am embarrassed to say I’ve “deconverted” and “reconverted” not one, not two, but THREE times in my life (including the current deconversion). The primary reason, as far as I can see from my perspective today, is that I’ve also struggled with mild depression throughout my life (specifically a diagnosis of “Seasonal Affective Disorder,” or S.A.D.). It is a form of depression that happens to people when winter comes, the days get shorter, and… Read more

September 19, 2019

By Julio Chang — What causes great minds to be held ransom by irrational beliefs?  Or small minds, for that matter? As I continue to research my doctoral dissertation on “Interpersonal Conflict of Pastors Who Have Lost Their Faith”, I realize that many religious people have not overcome their childhood indoctrination because they (1) find comfort in those beliefs, (2) fear the truth will expose the fallacy of their beliefs, or (3) their ego prevents them from admitting they have… Read more

September 5, 2019

By Gordon Ward With tears streaming down my face, I walked to the front to accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I was 11 years old and I had just watched a film of a rally led by the wonderful evangelist, Billy Graham. He was a superb preacher and it had been easy to convince me that Jesus had died for my sins, that God loved me and that I should accept Jesus as my saviour. When the minister of… Read more

August 3, 2019

By Ted Tucker Dear Sister, I may not have been clear in my last email so let me be clear now. I am an atheist. I know of no evidence to believe that there is anything supernatural. I believe that humans created all of the gods of the past, and that humans have created the thousands of deities that are currently worshiped today, including the God of Abraham. I have struggled my entire life with faith; faith defined as belief… Read more

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