12 Steps of Religion Anonymous

Adapted from the United Assembly for Humanism:

1. Question the way you’ve been taught about religion as children, particularly when it comes to accepting claims as facts.

2. Admit that humans have the capacity to understand the nature of the Universe without the need for superstition.

3. Acknowledge that logic, science, and reason are the only universal sources of truth and understanding.

4. Accept that, based on falsifiable scientific knowledge, there is insufficient evidence to suggest the existence of a god or gods.

5. Think of yourselves not as Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian and so on but as members of the human species.

6. Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves.

7. Admit to ourselves and to other human beings the nature of the wrongs that have been committed and continue to be committed in the name of religion.

8. Make a list of all persons we had harmed as a result of our religious beliefs, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Accept responsibility for your own actions and make a concerted effort to address the problems that affect us all as humans.

11. Admit your lack of belief to those you know and love, regardless of how this revelation might be received.

12. Explore your lack of belief in god(s) and to discover the nature of what you DO believe in.


3 thoughts on “12 Steps of Religion Anonymous

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  2. Thanks for the re-post. I like the changes you made, though if you are curious, the reason why I used the past tense in my original post was because the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are written that way.

    • I don’t know where the reblog function went, I liked the way it put the name of the source blog in the title.

      I can’t stop myself from tweaking things. Interesting about the tense in the AA system, which I think is a terrible program, being as it removes personal responsibility from the equation and has no better success rate than going alone, trading the addiction of substances for an addition to meetings…..

      Which is partly why I shifted the text to present and on-going, because it’s a way to live forward, not backwards.

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