There are many different expressions of the Christian faith. Whether your background is Baptist or Presbyterian, Catholic or Protestant, we hope you find support in the following sections. We've also included resources for those from evangelical and non-denominational backgrounds.
Did you know?
Up to 80% of Christian Millennials stop believing by their senior year of college.
Recovering from Religion ~ One of the largest resource sites of its kind, it's a must-visit for both the religious who still value their faith and the non-religious seeking secular help. See their vast list of mental health and crisis information, find a local support group, talk to someone for free who gets what you're going through, and check out their podcast. Need to talk with someone now? Call their peer support hotline at 1-844-368-2848.
The Clergy Project ~ Are you a former or current clergy member who no longer holds supernatural beliefs? If your answer is yes and you could use the compassion and help of other religious leaders leaving both faith and profession, apply to join this online support community.
Grief Beyond Belief ~ This self-described faith-free support network is just that: a safe place for those grieving the loss of a loved one to turn to for comfort from those who won't tell them everything happens for a reason. Their secular grief library is full of heartfelt stories from other nonbelievers.
#Exvangelical Podcast ~ Podcast host Blake Chastain left evangelical Christianity, but his faith is still important to him. As its name might suggest, this podcast and blog site is like therapy for ex-evangelicals, with interviews from people who still consider themselves Christian and atheists who found that faith was no longer for them.
The Friendly Atheist ~ Here at Dare to Doubt, we're not afraid of the A-word. Though we welcome all in various stage of questioning their beliefs, if you've already decided faith in anything is not for you, the videos, blogs, and podcast of the Friendly Atheist will keep you engaged.
Valerie Tarico's Blog ~ For some truly therapeutic (and often humorous) post-evangelical writing, read the articles and blog entries of Valerie Tarico. We especially liked "Evangelical Christianity's 10 Biggest Mindfucks." Her YouTube channel Trusting Doubt is also a wealth of information and catharsis.
Life After God ~ Former pastor Ryan Bell started this site after an experiment with atheism left him unable to reconcile his beliefs with his truth. He now runs a regular podcast and blog, and his organization offers coaching and consulting services for those transitioning out of faith.
Not Your Mission Field ~ For ex-evangelical conversations and well-researched articles reflecting on everything from Christian politics to homeschooling, visit the site of writer and scholar Chrissy Stroop. She also has a thoughtfully selected list of resources for ex-fundamentalists and other spiritual abuse survivors.
Journey Free ~ The term Religious Trauma Syndrome was originated by Dr. Marlene Winell, an ex-Pentecostal turned psychologist. She maintains a therapeutic practice in Oakland, CA and offers sessions in-office or by Skype. She also leads an online support group and holds weekend retreats for those looking to rebuild their lives after religion.
The Secular Therapy Project ~ Transitioning out of faith can bring up complex emotions. Sometimes it helps to talk with a mental health professional. Find a therapist without a spiritual agenda among the growing database of non-religious counselors who use evidence-based approaches.
Room to Thrive ~ Brian Peck, LCSW, understands religious trauma firsthand. He now specializes in helping former believers navigate their deconversion by offering online therapy sessions as well as in-person visits from his office in Boise, Idaho. Check out his budget-friendly Deconversion Clarity Package designed with you in mind, and learn more about his approach on his blog.
Jamie Lee Finch, Certified Integrative Health Coach ~ "Your body is your best teacher," says Jamie. "I'm just here to introduce the two of you." If you were taught to deny your body or to view your body as a source of sin and shame, Jamie is here to help you unlearn toxic messages and relearn how to connect with the wisdom of your Self. Read her book You Are Your Own: A Reckoning With the Religious Trauma of Evangelical Christianity and check out her online membership group, The Coven, for sex and body-positive support and self-love!
Divorcing Religion ~ Former fundamentalist Janice Selbie attained a Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counseling so she could help others coping with the losses and challenges of religious de-conversion. Her online workshops are structured by the stages experienced after divorce: realizing it’s over, the realities of grief, creating healthy boundaries, identity reconstruction, integrating your losses and moving on, and building your new communities. A limited number of scholarships are available.
Hope Valley Counseling ~ UK-based Dr. Gillie Jenkinson, Ph.D. specializes in post-cult counseling and working with survivors of spiritual and sexual abuse. She offers distinct approaches for the different needs of first and second-generation former cult members. If you're outside the UK, you can still work with her by Skype or phone.
Religious OCD/Scrupulosity ~ Did you feel consumed with worry about the "right" way to live your faith? Were you excessively preoccupied with sin and morality? 50-60% of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who are from a religious background struggle with Scrupulosity, a spiritually preoccupied manifestation of OCD. Learn more about Scrupulosity or book a Skype, phone, or in-person therapy session with Dr. Steven Phillipson featured in this video about Scrupulosity. Visit OCDLA.com for individual and group therapy if you're in LA. They also offer phone or Skype sessions if you're elsewhere.
Meet-Ups In Person
Break Free Together ~ Dinner parties for people healing from sexual shame? We're down. Linda Kay Klein, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Women and How I Broke Free, founded this organization bringing together people from various religious backgrounds for story exchange over the dinner table. Break free from shame!
Sunday Assembly ~ Are you a former believer who misses the community of church? This worldwide organization hosts fun, non-religious get-togethers for fellowship to just celebrate life, regardless of your beliefs or non-beliefs.
Black Nonbelievers ~ With active groups in over 12 states, this community of Blacks and their allies (they're welcoming to all) aims to promote a sense of festive fellowship for the minority-in-a-minority of faithless African-Americans and other Blacks. Check out their blog!
Formerly Fundamentalist NYC ~ Live in New York? This private group is made up of formerly faithful friends aiming to foster a diverse community of ex-believers centered around fun events and dinner parties.
Books by Christians Who Dared to Doubt
We have tried to make finding help simple and straightforward. For this reason, the resources on this page are not an exhaustive list. Many organizations exist to help former and doubting Christians. If you'd like to be added to our resource network, please contact us!