To help those seeking to recover from fundamentalist religious systems reconcile a blossoming recognition of truth versus a lifetime of dogmatic education.


It's nearly impossible to escape abusive or dogmatic religious systems alone. The process of recovery from religious indoctrination involves several phases for most people. A key component to a healthy recovery is communicating with people who have previously been through or are currently in a similar phase.

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Everyone who recovers from fundamentalism has a unique story, but many stories share common threads that can inspire in tough times.

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One of the first phases of recovery from fundamentalism is the discovery of new information. We provide access to the ideas and understandings that have helped many people recover.

Watch Mike Huckabee contradict the GOP principles of gun control while insulting the decency of society as a whole.
Tags: GOP, Gun Control, Mike Huckabee, Ronald Reagan, featured
Type: Cause
Frank Schaeffer discusses Mitt Romney's punch-the-token-gay fiasco.
Tags: LGBT Rights, Politics, featured, Frederick Douglass, gay rights, Islam, Mitt Romney, Richard Grenell
Type: Cause
Of all of the negative aspects of religion, I have found none of them to be more profoundly damaging to human dignity and self-respect than the threat of Hell for non-believers.
Tags: Christianity, Agnostic, Atheist, burden of proof, evidence, fear of hell, featured, hell, Pascal's Wager, religious abuse
Type: Cause
Here's my (satirical-but-all-too-true?) version of the bishop's anti-Obama "Statement on Religious Liberty".
Tags: Politics, Barack Obama, Catholic, Ronny E. Jenkins, tea party, USCCB
Type: Cause
Check out highlights from the Reason Rally on the National Mall.
Tags: Bad Religion, featured, Michael Shermer, Reason Rally, Richard Dawkins, Tim Minchin
Type: Cause
Watch Kirk's BFF Ray Comfort make an ass of himself by using a banana to prove the existence of a divine creator.
Tags: Pop Culture, CCOKC, creation debunked, intelligent design, Kirk Cameron, featured
Type: Cause
Recovering Fundamentalists Co-Founder Drew Stedman will appear on BBC One's Sunday Morning Live on August 7, 2011 to discuss his personal experiences with exorcisms.
Tags: BBC, Drew Stedman, exorcism, featured, Sunday Morning Live
Type: Cause
In a nation with 3 million hungry children and 2 million prison inmates, the abolishment of Planned Parenthood seems unreasonable. Once again, religion can be found where reason is lost.
Tags: abortion, featured, greater good, human condition, Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, pro-choice, pro-life, women's rights
Type: Cause
This series will focus on some of the many errors within the Bible in the hope that those who are questioning these beliefs will find the information helpful.
Tags: deSkepticon, Dismantling Fundamentalism, featured
Type: Cause
Most religions posit the existence not just of a supernatural realm, but of supernatural persons, with loyalties, preferences and other human psychological qualities including emotions.
Tags: Bishop John Shelby Spong, Does God exist?, Einstein, featured, Spinoza
Type: Cause
Memetics in action. The latest decal to festoon the windows of cars all over the country is the edgy ?NotW? sticker. You may have seen it. It bears the tough-looking lines of any other clothing or car accessory logo.
Tags: brainwashing children, featured, Memetics, notW, notW Clothing, notW stickers, propaganda, Richard Dawkins
Type: Cause
When having honest discussions with Christians, I?ve heard many times that they feel the universe is a more beautiful place because God is in it. What we deem as beautiful is often a result of what we?ve been conditioned to think is be
Tags: Carl Sagan, featured, Isaac Newton, John Keats, Richard Dawkins
Type: Cause
Watch music videos for the first two tracks off of Recovering Fundamentalists co-founder Drew Stedman's upcoming EP "If the Fires Exist".
Tags: Atheist Music, Drew Stedman, featured, The Fires Exist EP
Type: Cause
The universe is very very very very very big. Therefore it is very very very very very old. Read about how we know this...
Tags: Debunking Creationism, Age of Earth, featured, Hubble, Protoplanetary Disk, Star Formation, universe
Type: Cause
My high school literature teacher said that any plot can be reduced to one of three basic conflicts: Man against nature, man against man, or man against self.
Tags: featured, Hope, Human Nature, humanity, Madagascar, Mankind, unity
Type: Cause
Like many of you, I left my faith with an abiding mistrust of religion. But since I had been listening for decades to a man talk from behind a pulpit, those teachings made a significant dent in my thinking. I eventually realized tha
Tags: deconvert, featured, getting new information, Science
Type: Cause
Frank Schaeffer Discusses Growing Up Fundamentalist then Joining the Human Race. Other boys might have been worrying about baseball; I was worrying about discerning God's will for my life. Ours was a life of self-examining spiritual intensity.
Tags: Christianity, Evolution, Calvin Becker, Faith, featured, Portofino, Zermatt
Type: Cause
Imagine a situation where Bibles or Korans are literally the only written texts around. Imagine, too, that schools are virtually all in the hands of sectarian interests.
Tags: Bible, featured, Koran, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Twain, Nepal, Outliers, Qur'an
Type: Cause
This is a transcript of the keynote address at the annual meetings of the Eremos Institute of Australian Spirituality in Sydney, 1996. In the talk, Winell addressed the need to understand spirituality more broadly and to find ways to e
Tags: bliss, courage, Faith, featured, growth, healing, responsibility, spirituality, truth, wholeness
Type: Cause
A federal prosecutor in Michigan says authorities decided to arrest members of the Hutaree Christian militia after learning "they were prepared to kill."
Tags: Abusive Religion, Christian Militia, End Times, featured, Religious Violence
Type: Cause
I have to admit, for years I had wondered how anyone could defend homosexuality in light of certain passages of the Bible.
Tags: Christianity, History, LGBT Rights, featured
Type: Cause
Recovering Fundamentalists needs your help. We are experiencing tremendous response to our new recovery program. There are a lot of people suffering from abusive religious backgrounds. They need to know that we are here to help.
Tags: Atheist Charity, featured, Good Without God, Volunteer
Type: Cause
I learned one of the warped mindsets of heavily financed political activism is an us vs. them mentality. Today, this attitude continues to fuel the Christian Right in their quest to save America from moral depravity and reclaim it for
Tags: Christianity, featured, Politics
Type: Cause
Biblical creationism, repositioned as creation science and most recently intelligent design has lost the contest of ideas on all counts: the rules, the criteria and the judging. It doesn't follow the scientific method; it doesn't allow
Tags: Debunking Creationism, Ben Stein, Creationism, Expelled, featured, intelligent design
Type: Cause
The first video explains the Theory of Evolution in simple terms. A must for anyone who is confused by what the Theory is, what it means, and why it's taught in classrooms. The following 2 videos explain natural selection and human evo
Tags: Evolution, Charles Darwin, Darwin Day, featured, human evolution, natural selection
Type: Cause
A quest for a reasoned faith based on honest questioning.
Tags: evangelical, featured, galatians, legalism, romans
Type: Cause
I just realized a new, deeper level of understanding of my anger towards my family, and it has shaken me up. I am the black sheep, the exchristian. ALL the other family members are still fundamentalist believers - my parents and five
Tags: Christianity, anger, featured, missionary, recovery
Type: Cause
By Dr. Marlene Winell I get this question so frequently, I?ve decided to make a better effort to reply. To be honest, I don?t like the question because it presumes we know what those words mean. Here are some responses, touc
Tags: emotions, Faith, featured, god
Type: Cause
This video explains the Big Bang in layman terms in under 10 minutes. More content explaining the intricacies of the bullet points of the video will be added soon.
Tags: big bang, creation, featured, Physics
Type: Cause
Does there truly exist an insuperable contradiction between religion and science? Can religion be superseded by science? The answers to these questions have, for centuries, given rise to considerable dispute and, indeed, bitter fightin
Tags: Religions, Albert Einstein, featured, Science
Type: Cause
Everything that the human race has done and thought is concerned with the satisfaction of deeply felt needs and the assuagement of pain. One has to keep this constantly in mind if one wishes to understand spiritual movements and their
Tags: Religions, featured, Science
Type: Cause
Much of Christianity condemns homosexuality. Is this righteous stand bearing the fruit of good works? Sure. If you cons.
Tags: Christianity, LGBT Rights, Colossians 1:10, featured, gay christian, gay church, gay rights, James 3:17, Matthew 7:19
Type: Cause
I recently became involved in an ongoing email conversation regarding homosexuality and religion with the Assistant Superintendent of the Christian High School I attended. Is homosexuality a choice? Does it occur in nature? It can't lead to procreation
Tags: Christianity, LGBT Rights, featured, gay, gay christian, gay church, gay rights, Genetics
Type: Cause

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Grace Peterson July 2, 2013

Recovering from being a demon-possessed person

Rico June 29, 2013

Recovering from Fundamentalism from Kingston, Saint Andrew

Matt June 26, 2013

Recovering from Holiness Pentecostalism

Phil June 24, 2013

Recovering from Protestantism

Kim June 16, 2013

Recovering from evangelical Christian fundamentalism

Anna June 12, 2013

Recovering from Evangelical Christianity

Joan June 11, 2013

Recovering from evangelical cult parents

Mark Davis May 11, 2013

Recovering from shame-based christianity from Orange County, CA

Matt April 21, 2013

Recovering from evangelical

Lauren April 19, 2013

Recovering from Southern Baptist from Texas

Tony Degrazia April 12, 2013

Recovering from Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from Pacific Palisades, Ca

Joe Erwin February 16, 2013

Recovering from 7th-day adventist

Bessi February 7, 2013

Recovering from Christian Fundamentalist(Pentecostal) from Newfoundland

Travis December 17, 2012

Recovering from Fundamentalist Pentacostal Christianity from Maryland

Ollie November 17, 2012

Recovering from jehovah's witness from uk

Dia November 9, 2012

Recovering from Evangelical from Iowa

Samson October 19, 2012

Recovering from global omnipresent stupidity from a country which was once fighting the communists, not being owned by them

Johnny October 18, 2012

Recovering from Southern Baptist from Louisiana

Michael October 18, 2012

Recovering from Fundamentalism from New Jersey

Tom September 7, 2012

Recovering from baptist from Illinois

Margaret August 1, 2012

Recovering from narrow religious beliefs from New Jersey

Rigby July 17, 2012

Recovering from former student of a Fundamentalist school from Philippines

Ray A July 13, 2012

Recovering from born-again Christian from Ohio

Brian June 19, 2012

Recovering from Pentacostal/ Former Liberty University Student from New England

Alexandra May 13, 2012

Recovering from Charismatic, Prophetic, Apostolic, Fundamentalist

April K May 1, 2012

Recovering from Jehovah's Witness from Ontario, Ca

Drew Stedman April 20, 2012

Recovering from Fundamentalist Evangelical Christian from Columbus, OH

Nina April 17, 2012

Recovering from Convention Baptist indoctrination from Ontario, Canada

Joel April 2, 2012

Recovering from born again charasmatic evangelical christianity with A/G influences from Long Island NY

Ian Montez February 15, 2012

Recovering from Early life from Andrews, Tx

Brent February 12, 2012

Recovering from Fundamentalist Christian Reformed from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Brandi M. December 21, 2011

Recovering from Southern Baptist (Evangelicalism)

Stepford Wives With Bibles September 20, 2011

Recovering from Catholic, Fundamental Baptist from Burlington

Lisa Cox July 25, 2011

Recovering from Seventh day adventism from Alabama, USA

Glenn Dixon June 14, 2011

Recovering from Southern Baptist fundamentalism and non-denominational charismania from Fort Worth, TX

Wendy Van Burn April 25, 2011

Recovering from Eternal Hell, and Legalism of Religion from Colorado Springs, Co

Roger July 21, 2010

Recovering from Right Wing evanglical fundamental reformed calvinism from Utah

Drew June 11, 2010

Recovering from orthodox Lutheran, evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity from Minneapolis

Dennis Diehl June 7, 2010

Recovering from Membership and Pastoring 26 years in the Worldwide Church of God from Rochester, NY

Mark Moffet May 20, 2010

Recovering from Assemblies of God/Fundamentalism from Portland, OR

Brian S May 5, 2010

Recovering from Jehovah's Witness from Grand Rapids, MI

Barbara Hanks April 29, 2010

Recovering from Mormonism

Anonymous April 21, 2010

Recovering from Evangelical Christianity from Tacoma, WA

Trevor April 15, 2010

Recovering from Fundamentalist Christian theology from Garden City, Kansas

John Dill April 13, 2010

Recovering from Evangelical, Charismatic Christianity from Sheridan, Oregon

Richard Rossi March 30, 2010

Recovering from Falwellian fundamentalism from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Christine March 25, 2010

Recovering from born-again, baptized - Baptist, Evangelical Free - fundagelicalism from Moved a lot - Rural Minnesota

Rachel Weston March 23, 2010

Recovering from christian fundamentalism from Solihull, England

Steve Smallwood March 18, 2010

Recovering from Evangelical Christian from Princeton, NJ

Lori February 10, 2010

Recovering from Catholic from Upper Midwest

Webmdave February 8, 2010

Recovering from Evangelical, Charismatic, Baptist

Rob Wood February 5, 2010

Recovering from To believe in Santa Claus from Various towns and cities in Virginia and North Carolina

John Williamson February 3, 2010

Recovering from Fundamentalist Christian

HD February 2, 2010

Recovering from Muslim

Donna February 2, 2010

Recovering from Funamentalist Churches

Amy Black January 31, 2010

Recovering from Assemblies of God from Southern USA

Emmi January 29, 2010

Recovering from Catholic at birth, later Non-denominational Fundamentalist from New York, NY

Bill McCracken January 26, 2010

Recovering from Baptist/Pentecostal

Jim Etchison January 26, 2010

Recovering from Fundamentalist Christian from California

April G. January 26, 2010

Recovering from Independent Baptist-Calvinist from Illinois

Jim Moyers January 26, 2010

Recovering from Seventh-day Adventist from USA South & Midwest

Larry January 26, 2010

Recovering from evangelical from Massachusetts

Mriana January 26, 2010

Recovering from Both Free Methodist and Church of God (Indiana)/Wesleyan from Missouri

Mark Stidham January 23, 2010

Recovering from Pentacostal-AoG from Bassett, VA

Marlene Winell January 20, 2010

Recovering from Pentecostal Christian from Daughter of Missionaries

Leon Peek January 18, 2010

Recovering from Baptist from Illinois

Elisha Perlman January 13, 2010

Recovering from Conservative/Orthodox

Rachel January 11, 2010

Recovering from Christian from Ft. Oglethorpe, GA

Leah January 11, 2010

Recovering from Mormon from Northern Arizona