Resources for Seekers

This page focuses on resources for people who are having doubts and seeking answers. If you know a good resource to support people who are seeking answers please email us at resources@recoveringfromreligion.org or fill out our Resource Suggestions Form.


Exploring Belief Systems

God Virus 1: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture https://youtu.be/Ajdwru77hnc
God Virus 2: Crowd Psychology in Religion https://youtu.be/vrM6knrz5Cg
God Virus 3: Hypnosis in Religious Services I https://youtu.be/D8n654iuFy4
God Virus 4: Guilt Cycle https://youtu.be/flUBcNUMy28
God Virus 5: Music in Religious Services https://youtu.be/flUBcNUMy28
God Virus 6: Hypnosis in Religious Services II https://youtu.be/QSMLFiKl1G8
God Virus 7: Religion and Sexual Control https://youtu.be/rgJp9Nyxawc
God Virus 8: Sexual Guilt Cycle https://youtu.be/SLsNZ8vk1Xs

Conversation with Dr. Darrel Ray on Christian Fundamentalism and Sex
(transcribed)     https://conatusnews.com/fundamentalism-sex-guilt-taboos-recovery/ 

Psychology of Religious Beliefs Talks by Dr. Andy Thompson - Ever wonder how religious beliefs take hold? Science is discovering how religion & other supernatural beliefs hijack our brain’s natural processes to get us to believe impossible things.
Why We Believe In Gods https://youtu.be/1iMmvu9eMrg
The Science of Religious Belief https://youtu.be/uMmzQ7fi-9w
The Neuro-physiology of Religious Belief & Spiritual Practice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BwGxji6Agw
Morality; From the Heavens or From Nature? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnXmDaI8IEo&t=16s

What Is Belief & Why Is It So Hard To Charge? https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/finding-purpose/201810/what-actually-is-belief-and-why-is-it-so-hard-change

How Jesus Became God - Lecture by Bart Ehrman - Part 1 of 3
https://youtu.be/7IPAKsGbqcg

Holy Deception? A Recovering Fundamentalist Explores the Bible
Appropriate for ex-fundamentalists and others who followed a literal biblical interpretation, this book by Dennis Blue targets falsehoods and deceptions, explaining how the doctrine of biblical inerrancy binds it all together.
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/holy-deception-dennis-r-blue/1128633257

Thoughts for Doubting Believers
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/excommunications/2017/05/thoughts-for-doubting-believers/

Leaving God - Why I left God and why so many others are too
The largest and fastest growing religion in the US isn’t a religion, it’s the absence of one. This video explores this shift, paralleling the filmmaker’s own shifting views, as the viewer rides along on a wild, often comical, search for Truth. 
https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/leaving-god

Religion Facts 
In all corners of the world and in all eras of history, people have wondered about the meaning of life, how to make the best of it, what happens afterwards, and if there is anyone or anything "out there." The goal of this website is to provide free, reliable information - "just the facts" - on the various answers that have been given to these questions, as well as the rituals and customs that go along with them.
http://www.religionfacts.com/

Religious Tolerance Org
This is a website that has a large variety of topics on a many world religions.
http://www.religioustolerance.org/

Street Epistemology
How to talk with people about how they formed the beliefs they hold.
https://streetepistemology.com/

Using Street Epistemology with Loved Ones
https://streetepistemology.com/publications/using_street_epistemology_with_loved_ones

Where I Searched for Answers and Info
The author lists out resources of where they searched in their quest for answers. The resources are both atheist and Christian.
http://www.reallifebeyondfaith.com/2015/04/where-i-searched-for-answers-and-info.html

Get God's Self-Appointed Messengers Out of Your Head
Valerie Tarico - Which buzz phrases from your past are stuck in your brain? "God's messengers" were all real complicated people with biases, blind spots, favorite foods and morning breath. They were not gods and they are not you. So how can you get them out of your head or at least reduce them to muffled background noise?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElfyYA420F0

 


Advice

Ask Richard
Richard Wade at The Friendly Atheist answers letters about faith, doubt, and non-belief with thoughtful advice.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/category/richard-wade/

Ask An Atheist - Kids Without God - Dr. Darrel Ray
Young people, if you have an issue relating to religion but no one to talk to, ask Dr. Ray.
http://kidswithoutgod.com/teens/ask-an-atheist/


Critical Thinking Skills

The Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center 

This is a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically. This Center contains an ever-growing selection of books, reading lists, course syllabi, in-class exercises, PowerPoint presentations, student projects, papers, and videos that you may download and use in your own classes.
http://www.skeptic.com/skepticism-101/

What Are You So Afraid Of  Questions that help us change our perceptions & fears of change
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-questionologist/201809/what-are-you-so-afraid
 


History & Philosophy of Non-Belief
 

Secular Web Library – Huge online library of essays on non-belief, including a modern library and historical library (pre-1970).
https://infidels.org/library/

Atheism and Agnosticism – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/atheism-agnosticism/

Philosophy of Religion – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://www.iep.utm.edu/religion/

Atheism – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://www.iep.utm.edu/atheism/

What Is Atheism? A Short Introduction by Douglas E. Krueger, 1998
https://www.amazon.com/What-Atheism-Douglas-Krueger/dp/1573922145/

Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith, 1979
https://www.amazon.com/Atheism-Case-Against-Skeptics-Bookshelf/dp/1633881970/

Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby, 2004
https://www.amazon.com/Freethinkers-American-Secularism-Susan-Jacoby-ebook/dp/B003J5UHWY/

The Problem of Evil
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
— The Epicurean paradox, ~300 BCE
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_of_evil

The Problem of Evil – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/evil/

Euthyphro by Plato, 395BC  “Socrates: Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious? Or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?"
http://www.indiana.edu/~p374/Euthyphro.pdf

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) - Scientist
https://youtu.be/NMM8vx9vDiE

Baruch Spinoza (1632 – 1677) – Pantheist
https://youtu.be/pVEeXjPiw54

Voltaire (1694 – 1778) – Deist
https://youtu.be/LAzKGkTIKpg

David Hume (1711-1776) - Philosopher
Of Miracles from An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume, 1748 “A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.” and “That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish.”
http://www.davidhume.org/texts/ehu.php#E10

Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) - Naturalist
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)
Find this book on Amazon.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) – Abolitionist & Suffragist
https://youtu.be/nCEaHGgUV-Q

Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899) – Orator
The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby (2014)
https://www.amazon.com/Great-Agnostic-Ingersoll-American-Freethought/dp/0300205783

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) – Philosopher, Logician, & Mathematician
https://youtu.be/tP4FDLegX9s

Madalyn Murray O’Hair (1919-1995) – Atheist Activist
https://youtu.be/IDEESoycFvI

Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996) – Science Popularizer
https://youtu.be/Qfm0GCvsIVA

Christopher Hitchens (1949 – 2011) - The Best of Hitchslap
https://youtu.be/mQorzOS-F6w

The New Atheists – Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
http://www.iep.utm.edu/n-atheis/

Doubt - A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Hecht (2004)
https://www.amazon.com/Doubt-Doubters-Innovation-Jefferson-Dickinson/dp/0060097957/

Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression by Hector Garcia (2015)
https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-God-Psychology-Religious-Oppression/dp/1633880206/

 The Illusion of God's Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John Wathey (2016)
https://www.amazon.com/Illusion-Gods-Presence-Biological-Spiritual/dp/1633880745/


Research

Sex and Secularism - by Dr Darrel Ray and Amanda Brown (2011)
https://www.academia.edu/19658850/Sex_and_SecularismShayne2?auto=download

Childhood Trauma and the Origins of Religious Myth by Benjamin Abelow (2016)
https://youtu.be/e5g8dTa-Lxo
https://www.richarddawkins.net/2016/07/childhood-trauma-and-the-origins-of-religious-myth/

Pew Research Center - Religiously Unaffiliated "Nones"
http://www.pewresearch.org/topics/religiously-unaffiliated/

Atheism for Dummies: 20 Things I Learned About Atheism While Explaining it to Dummies
https://youtu.be/DV_6ZIkCTZM


Understanding Reality

Understanding Science  
http://undsci.berkeley.edu/index.php
This site will give the reader an explanation of what science is and what is involved in understanding science. You can follow the Understanding Science 101 path through the site or jump around to different subjects that interest you. At the top right of the site you will see an option to explore an interactive representation of the process of science. The site also includes Misconceptions about science, A scientific approach to life: A science toolkit, and more.

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True - by Richard Dawkins (2011)
Find this book on Amazon.

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - by Richard Dawkins (2009) 
Find this book on Amazon.

Why Evolution Is True - by Jerry A. Coyne (2010)
Find this book on Amazon.

Morality: From the Heavens or From Nature? - by Dr. Andy Thomson
https://youtu.be/jnXmDaI8IEo


Resources critical of god

These resources are ones for those who really want to go deep in their study and go there fast. These resources pull no punches.

God is imaginary This author puts together over 50 simple proofs that God is imaginary.
http://www.godisimaginary.com/

Truth Saves http://truth-saves.com/

Why won't God heal amputees? The author looks at a simple question (the name of the site is the question) and goes in depth to answer that question.
https://whywontgodhealamputees.com/


Creative Expression

Wishful Thinking - Video Production by Street Epistemology
https://youtu.be/Ol9ywpshPX0

Welcome - Poem by Will Walsh
http://quietjourneys.blogspot.com/2017/02/welcome-we-too-havegrown-beyond.html

Ain’t Necessarily So - Song from play Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin
https://youtu.be/AQBWiCDz9KU

Imagine - Song by John Lennon
https://youtu.be/RwUGSYDKUxU

Unbelievers - Song by Vampire Weekend
https://youtu.be/e3LQqHTfBHo

Mama, I Don’t Believe - Song by The Avett Brothers
https://youtu.be/kC22fCy4r48

Thank You God -Song by Tim Minchin
https://youtu.be/IZeWPScnolo

Amazing Science - Amazing Grace parody song by Jaclyn Glenn
https://youtu.be/4ND8XLDHPAk

Family Guy vs Christianity - Cartoons by Seth MacFarlane
https://youtu.be/stpXr-1HQoo

Religion is Bullshit - Comedy by George Carlin
https://youtu.be/8r-e2NDSTuE

Religion is Crazy - Comedy by Sarah Silverman
https://youtu.be/m7pOjYtx0Yg