Leaving Christianity is a Lot Harder than it Looks

by Clint Heacock, PhD   If you are in the process of deconstructing your belief system, and possibly thinking of leaving your Christian faith behind, be aware of one sobering reality: it is potentially far more difficult than you might think, for a variety of reasons. Disentangling oneself from one’s religion can be incredibly difficult and…

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What the Bible Says About Abortion

 by Dr. Terri Daniel Ooops. I did it again. I got caught up in a stupid argument on NextDoor.com. But my response was so good that I just had to share it here. Some guy posted about how “God said” something about some issue or another, quoting some scripture passage that he felt made a…

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Religious Trauma is Real

Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash by Christine Greenwald Many folks are familiar with the kind of trauma referred to as “shock trauma.” This is the classic terrible-event-occurred and now the individual is suffering symptoms because of what happened. We call it “shock” because it is a shock to the nervous system. It can result in classic post-traumatic…

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Thank God I’m Atheist

  Meet Frank Feldman and Dan Beecher, hosts of the brilliant podcast, Thank God I’m Atheist.  Frank and Dan will be keynote presenters at our upcoming Conference on Death, Grief and Belief, and also guests of honor at our post-conference Atheist After-Party. From their website: You ever feel like the only rational, thinking person in…

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Grief and God: When Religion Doesn’t Help

  In many religious traditions, God is believed to be responsive to the needs of believers, and in difficult times, the faithful turn to God for comfort and guidance. When God is viewed as a benevolent protector that can shield us from harm, what happens to faith — and healing — when God fails to…

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The Thinking Atheist

Meet Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist podcast, and a keynote presenter at our 2022 Conference on Death, Grief and Belief. Plus, he’s one of the guests of honor at our post-conference Atheist After-Party! Seth  is a broadcaster, storyteller, author, activist, and thought leader in the Atheist community.  Originally the product of Christian fundamentalism,…

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Rituals for Grief and Loss

by Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP   Most of us go through our lives living with a set of assumptions about our sense of safety in the world. But when we face a profound personal loss or trauma, those assumptions can no longer sustain us, and our grief invites us to look for deeper meaning…

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Grief and Non-Attachment

Danny’s Bed: Reflections on Grief and Non-Attachment Excerpted from Turning the Corner on Grief Street by Terri Daniel 2014       CHAPTER SIX This is a good place to explore how it’s possible to experience a traumatic loss and emerge whole and healthy rather than bitter and broken. Let’s start by examining the difference…

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Can Religion Give You PTSD?

by Stephanie Russell-Kraft – THE NEW REPUBLIC – March 23, 2021 Illustration by Eva Redamont For clinicians, it is still relatively new to see religion itself as a source of trauma in people’s lives, according to Laura Anderson, a licensed therapist based in Tennessee. “Religion has been looked at as a fairly pro-social or communal factor,”…

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About Prayer

We are delighted to share with you the following essay on a new definition of prayer by our friend, Bishop John Shelby Spong:   Prayer, understood as a request made to an external, theistic deity, to act in human history, is little more than a hysterical attempt to turn the holy into the service of…

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