January 11, 2020

By Michel Apioli — Imagine the stereotypical speech of an abusive “significant other”. It would sound something like this:  “Look at what you made me do to you. I’m only doing this for your own good, because I love you; this way, maybe you’ll learn to appreciate me and realize what you have. Don’t you realize how lucky you are that I’m with you? You’re just a piece of garbage, I could be with anyone I wanted, and yet I’m still… Read more

January 5, 2020

By Amy Marie Ayres — I was a 22-year-old single female living in Southern California. The worst thing you could say about me is that I smoked a lot of pot.  I didn’t have a heavy-drinking problem, I wasn’t into hard drugs, I wasn’t sexually promiscuous, but I often felt like a doormat around people who engaged in all these things and even more risky activities that almost killed them.   I didn’t feel like I fit in. I had switched… Read more

December 19, 2019

By James Fielding — There is one thing that I find particularly interesting about people who have recently left behind their religious beliefs. There seems to be this battle about how and when to “come out” about being an atheist. I am here to say from personal experience that there is no ONE way to accomplish it. I myself am not even 100% out to everyone for various reasons. Some people get the privilege of knowing and others are just… Read more

December 12, 2019

By “Chewbacca” — The fear of going to Hell, or Hell itself as a place, is something that caused me years of depression and anxiety. Thankfully, due to advances in modern medicine, I was able to combat some of those feelings with a daily dose of anti-anxiety medication. However, this wasn’t going to solve the issue that had been consuming my life for years. The pain and endless nights without sleep made me miss out on so much joy in… Read more

December 7, 2019

By Dr. Sharon Sanders — We humans are practically need factories. From the moment of our birth it is clear that we operate on need. A new baby has no desires, no wants. Wants develop later as discernment (the mind) develops. A new baby needs to be taken care of, it is wholly dependent on others, and cannot take care of its own needs. It needs to be fed and have its diaper changed. It needs to be protected from… Read more

November 28, 2019

By Marty McDonald — Most of my religious fear, bitterness, and resentments are behind me now. I’ve learned a lot from that and want to help others who need it. The #1 way I want to help is to tell as many people as possible this one simple thing, the thing I wish I had heard while growing up: “If you have religious guilt, fear, or shame, don’t worry. You are good just the way you are. You’re not going… Read more

November 21, 2019

By Unholy Lunatic Man — Brief synopsis: In 1988, a relative convinced me Mormonism was untrue, but I had a “personal, close relationship with Jesus” and I couldn’t give that up. I also couldn’t leave Mormonism and keep Christianity: If I let myself see through the charade, I knew I’d see through all of it. Also in 1988, I started a 2-year mission for the Mormon church. In 2013 I lost interest in religion. In 2014 I tried to regain… Read more

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

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