Resources for Religious People

This page focuses on resources for people who are religious and are struggling with some aspect of their belief and life circumstances. If you know a good resource to support people who are still religious please email us at or fill out our Resource Suggestions Form.

Healing from Religious Harm

These resources are specifically for religious people who are dealing with emotional/mental trauma related to religious indoctrination, fundamentalism, guilt and or shame, or other harmful religious practices.

Conference on Religious Trauma - April 26-28, 2020 Vancouver

Religious Trauma Syndrome - A series of three articles by Dr Marlene Winell on healing from the trauma caused by religious beliefs and indoctrination.

Journey Free
Journey Free is dedicated to helping people transition out of harmful religions, recover from trauma, and rebuild their lives. They offer meetings in the San Francisco area, but also via Skype. 1-510-292-0509

Leaving the Fold - A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving their Religion
This self-help book is for people recovering from the harmful effects of religious indoctrination. It provides insight into the psychological manipulations involved in authoritarian religion, and Christian fundamentalism in particular. 
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Religious Scrupulosity: Where OCD Meets Religion, Faith, and Belief

Scrupulosity as the Religious Expression of OCD

Intrusive Thoughts: Living with Religious OCD (Scrupulosity)

Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity
Dianna Anderson offers a fresh approach to the conversation about purity culture, Provocative and engaging, she will revolutionize the way you think about sex, abstinence, politics, and faith. (Please note: This book is written by a Progressive Christian. It is based mostly on her own perspective of Christianity.) Find the book on Amazon.

Freedom of Mind Resource Center
This business provides a great resource for people in the midst of breaking free or helping someone break free from a cult. There is a service fee, but their site also offers many free resources about cults. Their focus is on people finding their own path without the influence of others. 

How Cults Rewire the Brain
Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most trouble conflicts and extremist movements. 

International Cultic Studies Association
ICSA's mission is to apply research and professional perspectives to study and address cults.

Recovering from Christianity - article by Kezia Farnham

The Harmful Impact of Religious Family Values - Tracie Harris (Atheist Broadcaster)

Friends & Family of Nonreligious

These resources are for family and friends of nonreligious people to help you understand and support them.

What's a Parent To Do? There's an Atheist in the House
Tips from an author with The United Methodist Church about how parents can best deal with a child who has come out as an atheist.

Your Child is Secular...Now What? A guide for Religious Parents of Secular Children
This brochure is intended for parents of secular children to understand what their child is going through, and how they can create an open and caring environment for the openly secular child.
Su Hijo es Secular...¿Y Ahora Qué? Une guía para los padres religiosos de hijos seculars
Este folleto es dirigido a padres de niños seculares para facilitar entender lo que su hijo está atravesando, y cómo se puede crear un ambiente abierto y amoroso para el niño abiertamente secular.

Ways to Support a Loved One Who is Losing Their Faith
This article has some ways you can be the support your loved one needs during this difficult transition.

For Extended Family and Friends: Understanding Your Secular Loved One
This source is intended to help siblings, extended family, and friends understand and respond to loved ones who have decided to live openly secular.
Para los Amigos y la Familia Extendida: Como Entender a Su Ser Amado Secular
Este folleto fue desellando para ayudar a los hermanos, familia y amigos entender y responder a los seres queridos que han decidido vivir abiertamente secular.

Acceptance, Reason, Love: A Guide to Openly Secular Allyship
This source is intended for the family, friends, and other people in a secular person's life. It provides tools for understanding and supporting the Openly Secular people in your life while maintaining respect and loving relationships.

Aceptación, Razón, Amor: Una guía para ser aliado de alguien abiertamente secular
Esta guía es dirigida a la familia, amigos y otras personas en la vida de una persona secular. Proporciona herramientas para comprender y apoyar a los personas abiertamente secular en suvida, siempre manteniendo respeto y relaciones amorosas.

The Rise and Fall of Faith: A God-to-Godless Story for Christians and Atheists
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Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son Find this book on Amazon

Spouses/ Partners With Mixed Belief Systems

In Faith and In Doubt: How religious believers and nonbelievers can create strong marriages and loving families
This book helps partners navigate the complexities of their situation while celebrating the extraordinary richness it affords their relationship, their children, and those around them.

Letter to a Christian Spouse "A former Christian informs his wife that he's now an atheist. She threatens to divorce him. Seth Andrews has a short message for her, and for anyone who finds himself or herself "unequally yoked" with a non-believer." Shorter video message full podcast

Till Death Do Us Part - Interfaith Marriage and Marriage Beyond Faith
This is a blog article about interfaith marriage and marriage after leaving religion. It explores the questions many people face when one or both people in a marriage lose their faith.

For Spouses and Partners: Understanding Your Secular Significant Other
This source is intended to help religious spouses and partners understand what secular people face in a relationship, and how they can be open and accepting of their secular partner.

Pastors and others who work with Secular people

Nontheistic and Naturalistic World View Crisis counseling of nontheists by theists
The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, in collaboration and consultation with Grief Beyond Belief, provides these brief recommendations for chaplains providing counseling for non theists who are experiencing grief or trauma.

Secular Memorials and Funerals Without God
Resources on preparing a secular memorial or funeral. It includes sample services, poetry and readings, music suggestions, and more. This is a resource from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Shared Values, Different Perspective: A Guide for Clergy
This source is intended for clergy members who wish to understand how someone who is openly secular may feel after disclosing their views to their community, and how they can mitigate these problems by leading by example with tolerance.

Understanding Secular Students: A Toolkit for Educators
This resource helps educators understand the discrimination that secular students may face, provides a short overview on secular views, and tells how to help secular students.

Seeking a New Religious Community

These resources will give you ideas on finding a new religious community.

SelectSmart - Spiritual Belief System Selector
If you are looking for a new religious community, this quiz may help you decide where you may fall on the spectrum of belief. From these results you can then look at which church or religious group might fit you closest.

LIBRARY OF World Religions and Faith Traditions - The Patheos Library offers the most accurate and balanced information available on the web.

Unitarian Universalist Association - A church that accepts anyone of all beliefs and lifestyles; including lGBT & atheists. Learn more about the UU church and find a congregation near you.

Learn About Some Of The Many World Religions - Look at some Beliefs You Know Nothing About

3-Types of Ethical Systems - 2 Focus on What Should I Do; 1 Focuses on What Sort of Person Should I be

What’s The Difference: Atheism vs. Agnosticism by Austin Cline (2019) 
Atheism vs. Agnosticism

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