Dr. Darrel Ray, author of The God Virus and Founder of Recovering from Religion has selected former evangelical minister Jerry DeWitt as its new Executive Director.
Kansas City, Mo, October 20, 2011: Recovering from Religion was in founded in 2009 by Dr. Darrel Ray. It is dedicated to helping people navigate the path out of religion.
We are pleased to announce a new Executive Director for Recovering from Religion. Three years after founding RR, Dr. Darrel Ray, is handing the reins over to someone who can devote much more time to the effort. “I simply have too much on my plate to do justice to this important movement.” Dr. Ray said. “Jerry brings experience, excitement and enthusiasm which will help us grow RR into a safe haven for thousands who are exchanging religion for a faith free life. RR as a key portal into the Freethinker movement. Many who leave religion need emotional support. They have no idea where they can find Freethinker resources. They may not even know what the word Freethinker means. RR provides that link. There are thousands of groups trying to get you into religion, we are the only one helping you get out.”
With over Twenty-five years of ministerial experience Jerry DeWitt brings to RR a broad understanding of the religious lifestyle and its effects on personal wellbeing. He also holds the distinction of being the first graduate of, and spokesman for, The Clergy Project, a private, invitation-only “safe house” community of current and former ministers who no longer hold the supernatural beliefs of their religious traditions. The Clergy Project was started by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, philosopher Daniel Dennett, researcher Linda LaScola and former minister Dan Barker.
Jerry will take over the day-to-day operations of RR and manage the development of the new local groups as well as strategic cooperation with secular organizations. Dr. Ray will remain as Chairman of the Board and Chief Advisor.
The RR mission
After publishing his book, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture, Dr. Darrel Ray found a huge need for some kind of support group to help people deal with the aftermath of leaving their religion. Such a move often causes problems with family, spouses, children, even employers in some cases. RR is dedicated to helping people, not reindoctrinating them. RR doesn’t care if someone has a god belief, what we are concerned about is the religion part of it. The RR mission is to coordinate and facilitate face-to-face meeting for those who desire support in leaving their religion.
RR also facilitates on-line forums and resources in cooperation with other secular organizations and groups. It tries to connect those in need with secular therapists in their local community. RR encourages people to live a faith-free rational life, without superstition and fear of the supernatural thus becoming Recovering Religionists. For more information visit
I have a question. If Christianity is not a threat and those who follow Christ are just a bunch of dumb hicks, then why devote so much energy to a ministry like this? Atheist hide behind a shield of equal rights but is that really it? They are tired of Christianity being imposed on them but what about their faith being imposed on us? Yes, being an Atheist takes faith or believing in evolution takes faith. Mr. Dawkins believes Aliens seeded our planet millions of years ago. His faith, hey I wont knock it. For those who did not know. The THEORY of Evolution is just that A THEORY. It has not been ruled a fact as of yet to my knowledge. To be fair, the THEORY of Creationism is still just a theory as well. Although, I believe we have a lot more proof to declare otherwise. Either way they both take faith. I am OK with that. I am secure in my faith. I feel confident in God's word and try to live by it. Atheist are doing their best to get rid of religion( Mostly Christianity). Some say because of all the bad religion has done. The Crusades from the Christians.( They should rename it to the Catholic Crusades in my opinion.) The terrorists bombings from the Muslims. The Communistic destruction from the communists. Oh wait a minute. The communists were Atheists. Surely Atheists don't have a bad history they are ashamed of? It is an Atheist that still cripples a little island nation south of Florida still today. There are Atheists who are destroying their own people in a Nation above South Korea ( North Korea for those who don't get my sarcasm.) even today. Millions of people are starving to death. I guess this is survival of the fittest. The crazy leader of North Korea lifts himself up as a god being. Hummm is this the true belief of Atheist? They can't believe in God because it interferes with their godlike ascension. But what do I know? I am just a religious coo coo clock!
Maybe I don't understand the double standard from the other side. Why worry about little oh me? Why make up these lame excuses of why religion posses a threat to mankind. I think we established the real threat to mankind is ... Well... Mankind. ( Regardless of belief system.)
What does the bible have to say about the matter?
Psalms 14:1-7 For the choir director; by David. Godless fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt. They do disgusting things. There is no one who does good things. (2) The LORD looks down from heaven on Adam's descendants to see if there is anyone who acts wisely, if there is anyone who seeks help from God. (3) Everyone has turned away. Together they have become rotten to the core. No one, not even one person, does good things. (4) Are all those troublemakers, those who devour my people as if they were devouring food, so ignorant that they do not call on the LORD? (5) There they are-panic-stricken because God is with the person who is righteous. (6) They put the advice of oppressed people to shame because the LORD is their refuge. (7) If only salvation for Israel would come from Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice. Israel will be glad.
My number one priority is to have a relationship with the living God. The closer I get to Him the more convicted I am of my sin and of my damaging ways. Knowing God does not stop me from pursuing scientific discoveries or turns my brain to mush. In fact, it does the opposite. The relationship I have with the Father peeks my curiosity to want to know more and know more through His eyes. The Universe is huge and our God exists outside of it. That is deep man!!!!! Whatever the agenda of others. It does not matter to me. I will continue to pursue the living God will all of my heart, soul, and MIND.
Note: No Atheists were hurt in this experiment. Really they weren't. I know people who are atheists and love them just the same. I even admire Mr. Dawkins and his scientific abilities. Hello, I am a Star Trek nerd. My faith in God does not stop me from believing in great discoveries once again it enhances it. Live long and Prosperous. Beam me up Jesus!!! Johnny is out!!!