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We are a group for former, deconverted, currently leaving, or doubting Christians. We're here to support former Christians who may feel alone, isolated, disconnected, etc, from their previous religious communities and might not have the same equivalent communal support to turn to in a time of transition and potential difficulty, or simply for those who want to meet others who rejected their faith.
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Crisis and Beliefs This is going to be a touchy subject, so I warning everyone in advance.Crisis and Beliefs by Anicomicgeek
This is something I've realize about myself over the past few months. I've going through a rough time the past year or two. I don't know how I'll come out on the other side, but I do know how I feel now. I was raised Methodist most of my life. I spent the better part of 30 years believing in God. I haven't had a hard life. Truth is, aside from being picked on at school and having Asperger's Syndrome, I've had an easy life. However, there are also conditions comorbid to Asperger's, like OCD--and mine has been spiraling out of control for the better part of a year. However, I don't have the money for therapy, so I tried to pray for it to either go away or for things to change so I could get help.
But then I realized after a few months that no help was coming. Worse, I kept getting stung, even getting an infected sting and even got s
DiscoveryListened to a great story today. It was about Christof Koch, a Catholic-raised scientist, struggling with his religious beliefs while working the late great Francis Crick. In his own words, he recounts his difficulties reconciling his spiritual church beliefs (or his Sunday beliefs, as he called them) with his scientific work (the rest-of-the-week beliefs). And he also talks fondly of his mentor, Francis Crick, a titan of intellect with heroic courage, especially during his last days fighting cancer. What gripped Christof was how Crick never let his fear of death and the unknown interfere with his reason as scientist, and his amazing ability to come to grips with the inevitable without the need for the supernatural. Or, as Christof put it, "It's like leaving forever the comfort of your childhood home, suffused with the warm glows and fond memories. But I do believe we all have to grow up. It's difficult for many; it's unbearable to the few, but we have to see the world aDiscovery by PyrrhusiVictoria
A less significant second de-conversion storyNot every ex-christian can claim to have two de-conversion stories, but after recent events, it does appear that I do. I already talked about how I left the AoG church and the sort of brainwashing they did with me, but I haven't talked much about my experiences in the Mormon church, since I suppose I didn't feel it was that much of an important impact on my life. Alas, after recent events that does appear to be the case.A less significant second de-conversion story by MauEvig
Now I will state that I myself have no ill will against Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints or anything like that. I may have friends on here who are Mormons, and that's perfectly fine. I respect your beliefs, just as I will respect any Christian's, Satanist's, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and of course Atheist's beliefs. I just want to make that clear because a lot of Members of the Church have an idea that we're out to get them or whatever. This is not the case.
During a time when I was going in and out of Faith, I'd suffered a br
SCA Morning Read Links - 11/23 thru 11/25(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)SCA Morning Read Links - 11/23 thru 11/25 by CorSecAgent
Looks like you get an SCA update a few days early, even if it is a reduced dose. Traditionally, the SCA doesn't do a 'Morning Read' update the last two days of the week of Thanksgiving.
Anyway, I'm really hating the world today so I think that all I intend to do is go to this Middle East grocer across town for some Vimto Cordial and then come home and hibernate. I expect my fundie uncle will show up soon so I'm not looking forward to that.
Sorry I can't do any commentary this time. Enjoy the insanity regardless...
-Teacher suspended after condom demonstration
-East Ramapo, state hit with yeshiva lawsuit
SCA Morning Read Links - 11/16 thru 11/20(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)SCA Morning Read Links - 11/16 thru 11/20 by CorSecAgent
I wish I had something profound and insightful to post here today but I'm just too depressed and out of sorts to invest the mental energy in any serious bit of commentary. I'm burned out on people, for one. I've had too much social interaction recently, coupled with a fair dose of sleep deprivation...hazard of the trade when you suffer from a chronic circadian rhythm disorder. So I'm doing my best to keep to myself as much as possible and get as much rest as I can. Apart from that, we had the first serious snow of the year earlier, so I was out shovelling snow for a few hours and did a small number on my back... I had a three hour nap after but that didn't help matters much. The air was just warm enough that the bottom inch of snow turned to slush from the friction, so it kept sticking to the shovel and was heavy as s
SCA Morning Read Links - 11/9 thru 11/13(For more on the SCA and news of a secular concern, go here - SCA Morning Read Archives)SCA Morning Read Links - 11/9 thru 11/13 by CorSecAgent
I wish I could say that I had found an article from last week important enough to comment on, what with all the political nonsense happening in the ranks of the U.S. GOP Presidential Race, but after the recent Paris crisis, most of what went into the SCA Morning Reads from last week seems fairly insignificant. The world has had to witness, YET AGAIN, the evil that can so easily be perpetuated by religious extremists... The death toll from these attacks was less than 150 persons, not very high when compared to something like the death toll from 9/11, but what separates these attacks from, say the London Underground Attack or the Madrid Train Bombing a few years ago, is that France closed its borders almost immediately, a completely understandable move given the migrant crisis happening in Europe at the moment. Other nations
Point of Discussion 11 - Atheism and Mental HealthAbout a year and a half or so past, I developed the strong notion that we needed a Recovering from Religion group here in my area. I knew I couldn't do it on my own so I tried to solicit help from my local Atheist group, with little success. That is, until one person agreed to help me get things moving. Long story short, we were expecting to have had a group up and running six months ago but the process just stalled so we spent these past months waiting to hear if anything would happen, see if the red tape would get ironed out...Point of Discussion 11 - Atheism and Mental Health by CorSecAgent
Well, some of us couldn't wait any longer so I took it upon myself to see if I could start a small support group for those of us who needed something better than what we were getting, and right away... Over the past month or so, I had some very involved discussions with a handful of people who had expressed interest in the possibility of an RfR group and was able to get commitments from three of them. Now, when it comes to small group support, the smaller the
Taking Religious claptrap and SYRIM-IZING IT!So, let's take our statement from a Jesus-botherer and make it fit the setting of TES5: Skyrim.Taking Religious claptrap and SYRIM-IZING IT! by ComradeSch
Original comment: http://comments.deviantart.com/1/567201353/3970551509 Here I have removed the words specific to Christianity and replaced them with words and ideas that are relevant to- And come from- The Imperial Pantheon, assuming Talos-worship is permitted in Skyrim (I.E. If Ulfric Stormcloak wins the war).
"...This tells us that the writer is ignorant of the Divines. Worse so since he clearly read the words of the Divines, but has not understood any of the context necessary to fully grasp it.
This whole reconstituted art runoff is so absurd: In Tamrielic philosophy, Akatosh, who created the universe, is eternal, omnipotent, and invincible. We are his creations, not the other way around - trying to condemn the Divines would be like a paint drop trying to condemn the artist. The Divines own us, and will do as They will - They are the Creato
A Jewel of the Kuwaiti Desert: Ema ShahI've recently had the pleasure of being introduced to the music of international singing sensation Ema Shah.A Jewel of the Kuwaiti Desert: Ema Shah by CorSecAgent
Her work is brilliant. It's well composed and her voice is quite magical. Of course, I can't understand what she is saying as she sings given that I barely understand a word of Arabic, but that hardly matters. As a musician, I find the compositions wonderful and quite enjoyable to hear. I particularly appreciate the mix of harp and classical guitar she employs. It always puts my mind to Greek vistas and running water.
Like a lot of female singers from the Middle East, Ema's vocal inflections allow you to imagine that you can hear the desert in her voice - slightly edgy in its serenity, fluid yet always unchanging. As I've been analyzing the five songs on her EP 'Sync' -
- I've grown more and more aware of just how impressive her talent is. I will attempt to convey my impressions of her work here, but I fear it will never do her talent justice