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Post-religion and looking for support and meaning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grant TB Dec 21, 2012. 35 Replies

Hey all.  I suspect you hear stuff like this a lot, but here goes.  I was a very committed and believing Roman Catholic for a number of years and had largely built my friendships, my marriage, and my…Continue

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Consoling / coping without God

Over the course of the past year, I've had a striking and rather disturbing experience of religion that raised some questions, which I would like to pose to you all.  In June, my wife and I learned that we had miscarried our first pregnancy.  We were devastated, as we had already begun to view this emerging life as our child and as a new member of our family.  Half a year later, we are both still working through the aftermath of the miscarriage -- especially my wife, who still cries about it a…See More
Dec 27, 2012
Justin replied to David Henson's discussion 'Irreligious Bible Student'
"Hello David, and welcome.  I hope we haven't scared you off yet!  I wanted to pursue a somewhat different line of inquiry than some of the other posts, if I may.  You indicated that one of your major objections to conventional…"
Dec 27, 2012
Grant TB replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"I was Catholic as a kid."
Dec 21, 2012
Grant TB replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"Sense and Goodness Without God is a good resource."
Dec 21, 2012
James Cox replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"There are lots of fun, and sometimes fufu things to do. Go to a desert and look for meteorits. Read up and go looking for fossils. Go to wierd retreats and conferences. Get a good microscope and look at protozoa and bugs. Take a mushroom…"
Dec 18, 2012
James Cox replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"Sounds similar to my massage therapist. She seems a good soul, but not worldly enough for my taste. Her energy therapy, 'signaling molecules', Silver Water, etc, all seem too far out to offer any return orbit..;p(..."
Dec 18, 2012
Tom Sarbeck replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"What's facetious about painting a third of the rocks red, a third of them white, a third of them blue, and then lining them up in that order? More seriously, my adventures in staying off the Catholic plantation persuaded me that it's…"
Dec 17, 2012
Tom Sarbeck replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"Justin, from Chapter 2 of The Allure of Toxic Leaders by Jean Lipman-Blumen, the opening words: "An intricate cluster of psychological needs sparks our search for leaders. ... [they] impel us to find a safe and meaningful place in the…"
Dec 17, 2012
James Cox replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"Oh yes, only married for 8 years. For me anything over 7 months was new territory...;p)"
Dec 17, 2012
James Cox replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"I think I found a similar effect after being out of work. A place to be, a paycheck, specific cloths to wear, phone calls to make, data to log, estimates and contracts to write. While it was kind of fun, while it lasted,  I also felt this sense…"
Dec 17, 2012
archaeopteryx replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"All things in moderation, Justin - including moderation!"
Dec 17, 2012
archaeopteryx replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"It just seemed an apt comparison - each had that, "So now what do we do?" quality about them. When you've spent your enitire life within a structure - even if it was a malevolent structure - there's a security there, no matter…"
Dec 17, 2012
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Justin replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"Wow, the response you all have given me is far beyond what I had expected or hoped for.  Thank you!  I'm busy wrapping up a major project at work right now (due Wednesday), so I haven't had a chance to look into the many…"
Dec 17, 2012
Tom Sarbeck replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"Justin, welcome to what CAN BECOME a happier life. I hope it will be at least as happy as mine. I departed a committed Catholicism in two steps: intellectual while in college and, 15 years later emotionally. My intellectual departure benefited from…"
Dec 17, 2012
Tom Sarbeck replied to Justin's discussion 'Post-religion and looking for support and meaning'
"archaeopteryx, I have often compared leaving Catholicism with leaving a plantation. Your comparing the difficulties of leaving Catholicism with those of leaving slavery says it more fully and more effectively. Thanx. "
Dec 17, 2012

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Consoling / coping without God

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

Over the course of the past year, I've had a striking and rather disturbing experience of religion that raised some questions, which I would like to pose to you all.  In June, my wife and I learned that we had miscarried our first pregnancy.  We were devastated, as we had already begun to view this emerging life as our child and as a new member of our family.  Half a year later, we are both still working through the aftermath of the miscarriage -- especially my wife, who still cries about it…

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