April 3, 2019

I am a 27 year old Pakistani woman. Just over two years ago I was a strict conservative Muslim who did not even think about questioning my religion — in fact, 25-year-old me would have been appalled at who I am now. This is the story of how I realised Islam was another man-made religion. The “Perfect Musalimah” Phase I started wearing the hijab, praying, and fasting regularly when I was around 14-15. Nobody forced me into it, but my… Read more

March 6, 2019

On a cold January day in 1973 I was born into a mind controlling doomsday cult. Growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses you are not allowed to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or Halloween. A Child’s Life as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses I remember one time when I was around 4 or 5, we were in the supermarket, and this sweet little old lady asked… Read more

February 20, 2019

One of the most important epiphanies I had about the Bible had to do with the garden of Eden. I was taught that it was the beginning of a great cosmic war between God and Satan, which ended with God sending Jesus millennia later to finally cleanse us of Adam’s sin. I realized that this idea is Christian gloss which has absolutely nothing to do with Genesis in its original context. The story of the garden isn’t even about original… Read more

February 11, 2019

Reposted with permission from The Journey of Doubt I’m now suspicious of any ideology with invisible claims that need to be believed in order for them to work. I’m suspicious of any teaching that threatens eternal torture – a monstrous idea that cannot be disproven and so has mentally tortured millions. I’m suspicious of any belief system that touts faith as a virtue and fails to realize that faith is what flew the planes into the twin towers. I’m suspicious… Read more

January 29, 2019

Recovering from Religion celebrates 10th year with first-of-its-kind weekend getaway Mars Hill, North Carolina, January 29, 2019 – Recovering from Religion announces its first-ever weekend religion recovery experience in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. “Embrace your Nature” will be a weekend of support, fellowship, encouragement, and learning for anyone experiencing negative effects of doubt or disbelief. The September 20-22, 2019 event combines a retreat setting, fall weather, supportive volunteers, mental health professionals, and a schedule of workshops and speakers…. Read more

January 12, 2019

I was born with a deformed heart valve. My parents brought me in for an echocardiogram every year, and at age 15 the cardiologist decided it was time to intervene with an open heart surgery. We scheduled it for the day after Christmas. I was told my risk of death was around 1%. I thought about the small but non-zero chance anxiously and often in the months leading up to the surgery. What if the surgeon came across unexpected complications,… Read more

December 16, 2018

  By Gayle Jordan, executive director of Recovering from Religion The National Suicide Hotline recently asked several organizations, including Recovering from Religion, to provide some suggestions. The federal commission (1) which directs the Hotline is considering the feasibility of creating a 3-digit telephone number, and determining how well the Hotline addresses the needs of veterans. Studies have shown that, in the US, religiously-unaffiliated individuals who are depressed have higher rates of suicidal behavior (2). Despite this disparity, there is a significant… Read more

December 7, 2018

By Susi Bocks In your eyes god exists so I was told my mama said to find you had to reach for you connect to the spirit searched the bible went to church talked and talked to the heavens always silence and dread you didn’t like me my sins too great you loathed me and shunned me tore me to pieces the loving god hated me Read more from Susi Bocks: Feeling Human: A Creative Insight to the Human Condition… Read more

November 15, 2018

A practical test of an abstract idea People have long debated the philosophical feasibility of intangible deities. They are said to reside in the sky or perhaps in some sort of parallel spiritual dimension. There’s no way to prove or disprove these ideas because they’re inherently outside the realm of observation. However, religions also tend to make systemized claims about how the spiritual realm affects the lives of people. We can observe people. Every day is a chance to make observations of… Read more

October 24, 2018

By guest author Suze Ambs. The reasons why I have left my old religion are numerous, and they keep multiplying and being affirmed the more I study with unbiased eyes. Here, I will share just one reason. I was never very educated about evolution. I thought it was simply the scientific guesswork that humans came from apes because we have similarities. I had done some research, but I never noticed that when I read non-Christian explanations, deep down in my… Read more

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