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

May 31, 2017

The Hotline at RfR exists to put hands and feet, or in this case, eyes and ears, to our mission statement: To offer hope, healing, and support to those struggling with issues of doubt and nonbelief. In the two years of its existence, the Hotline has handled hundreds of calls, fielded by dozens of trained volunteers. The Chatline, added last year, opened up a new avenue of communication. It is our joy and pleasure to announce an expansion of this project. Read more

May 21, 2017

Maybe your doubts have piled up slowly, like dust on the furniture until one day they’re so thick you can trace in them with your finger. Maybe instead they show up on some days but not others, like a stray cat at your doorstep looking for a handout. Read more

May 14, 2017

And there it was. With just a few sentences, I had changed forever who my wife was married to. I had gone from a man of faith to a man who believes there is no god to look to for answers and guidance and everything else that comes with that. This means no need for church or religious rituals like prayers before meals or daily Bible study. It means no longer fitting into the same social settings. Read more

May 7, 2017

Compared to the vastness of space and time, the Bible God is a trivial thing. It is a being that feels jealousy and rage; a being that could without a qualm drown millions of living things that it had made, because they disappointed it; a being that would knock down the tower of Babel and confuse people’s minds because it didn’t want them to learn anything. Read more

April 30, 2017

So what was I left with? Innocent people experienced pain and suffering, prayer seemed to do nothing to alleviate this, and deep down no one really knew why. I saw a god that would kill and destroy people as he saw fit, even innocent children, and would in the end send pretty much everyone to eternal torture. Read more

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