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Secular - Atheist Recovery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stutz Mar 19, 2013. 34 Replies

I am both a recovering alcoholic and recovering adult child of an alcoholic. I’ve made great progress through 12-step programs such as AA and Al-Anon and I am grateful for their existence. However,…Continue

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Arguments for or in favor of Jesus Historical Existence?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Reardon May 27, 2011. 5 Replies

Catherine Murphy, PHd writes on the webpage, Historical Contriversies about Jesus:The…Continue

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Dean Kruger liked Ezra T. Klatt's discussion Secular - Atheist Recovery
Jun 21, 2013
Stutz replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"Atheism: at least we'll always have comedians on our side. I can live with that."
Mar 19, 2013
matt.clerke replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"Hi Ezra,     For some reason the words "Secular Sobriety" popped into my head. So I googled it. Here is the wikipedia page: Secular_Organizations_for_Sobriety Take a look at the external links and references section and you…"
Mar 18, 2013
Diane replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"I stopped going to meetings many, many years ago.  Except for during 10 days in Barcelona in 2010 during which I may have ingested a little THC, I have been straight as a rail since 1988.  I would not meet the criteria to be diagnosed with…"
Mar 18, 2013
Ron Humphrey replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"I agree.  I briefly attended AA 20 years ago because others convinced me that I was an alcoholic.  I wasn't and am not.  (Whatever that means).  I left the AA meetings because I was being relentlessly proselytized.  I…"
Mar 18, 2013
Ray R. replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"AA and its twelve steps have remained unchanged since its fundamentalist founding more than 75 years ago . Other human endeavors that are unchanging are things like religion and astrology . Bullshit is still bullshit irrespective of how many people…"
Mar 18, 2013
Aim replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"SMART recovery is secular. http://www.smartrecovery.org/"
Mar 18, 2013
Kairan Nierde replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"I went to Al-anon for several years and gave up on it because I couldn't move forward with it...the 12 steps we're something I could do without a higher power that made sense. This was a couple of years before I figured out there is no…"
Mar 17, 2013
Jorita replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"Hi and well done, not an easy one to go through. You mentioned that you are also the adult child of an alcoholic. Sounds like you are predisposed to adiction by genetics. Have you tried CBT ( Cognitive behavioural therapy) It helps addiction,…"
Mar 17, 2013
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"Shining the light of reason on a question or problem has a calming effect on my mind."
Mar 17, 2013
Ezra T. Klatt replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"Thank you for your response Angela. One of the main impediments to my growth as a human being, my addiction notwithstanding, is arrogance. Being accountable to a sponsor who calls me out on my nonsense and arrogance as well as being accountable to a…"
Mar 17, 2013
Ezra T. Klatt replied to Unseen's discussion 'Does The State Have A Right To Ban Large Soft Drinks?'
"I get that there is public health concern. But, I balk at the idea that we must legislatively force people to make better dietary lifestyle choices. This seems like such an attempted overreach by government to force its will on the people, Of…"
Mar 15, 2013
Ezra T. Klatt replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"  Hi Belle: Thanks for sharing. I'd totally be up for creating AAA. AA is a theist based program that has a Christian pedigree tied to the Oxford movement of the late 19th and early 20th century and an odd mix match of New Thought…"
Mar 15, 2013
Ezra T. Klatt replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"Diane, I was going to add my 2 cents, but I think you said it all with: The conclusion I came to was that, whatever the means, there has to be a fundamental and profound shift in thinking.  Something monumental has to happen in the psyche…"
Mar 14, 2013
Ezra T. Klatt replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"I can't speak the veracity of that statistic, but anecdotally I can believe that the success rate is very low, In AA meeting you can hear many talk about "planning their relapses." I am a firm believer that recovery from addiction…"
Mar 14, 2013
Diane replied to Ezra T. Klatt's discussion 'Secular - Atheist Recovery'
"I can hardly believe this, but I once wrote a thesis entitled, "The Acquisition of Faith: A Phenomenological Study of Spiritual Crisis, Transcendence, and Recovery from Addiction."  Part of what I was trying to understand was what…"
Mar 8, 2013

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Goofing on the Omnipotence Paradox

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 1:22pm 0 Comments

Can god create a rock that is too big/heavy for god to pick up? Many first year philosophy students have encountered this question. It provides a great basis for which to deny the omnipotence of god. It also drives theists who persist in traditional Christian models of god absolutely ape shit.


First of all omnipotence:


The word is derived from Latin, Omni (all) Potens (power). To be omnipotent, then is to be all powerful. In the case of the Christian god…


Hitler was a Catholic

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 11:12am 28 Comments

Christians on the far right who want to soothe themselves with the untruth that Hitler was an Atheist need think again. Hitler was a Roman Catholic with a profound interest in occult matters. That he had support of influential church leaders is also an unavoidable fact. It is also interesting to note that as a young man the future dictator and mass murder considered the priesthood - something he shared in common with Stalin.




The Dark Gnosis of Job - A Freethinker's Guide to the Mythology

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 12:56pm 3 Comments

If there is any text in the bible that presents us with a clear cut case against god[1], it’s the Book of Job. If it isn’t an outright cry for atheism then, at the very least, if you still insist on theism, you might find yourself saying, “Not this god.”…


Holy Foreskin of Jesus, Batman!!

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 11:00am 0 Comments

The nun who ate the holy foreskin of Jesus is not only creepy, but perhaps a little inaccurate. If we assume for a moment that Jesus was a flesh and blood human he most likely would not have his foreskin, being Jewish and all. What it all boils down to is that the medieval nun, Agnes Blannbekin imagined performing felatio on her Lord and savior. This, at any rate, is…


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At 9:29pm on May 10, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…
Thanks for the add, Ezra. Nice to meet you. Hope to see you around the community. :)
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