Is there a god (or gods)? No.
Is spirituality a good thing? Yes.
Does one necessitate the other? No.
Of course this is entirely pointless however. The very people who need to participate in open discussions are the very ones who would not. The fanatics. The fundamentalists. The sort of people who fervently believe the universe is 10,000 years old. These people are dangerous, regardless of which breed of religion they adhere to.
They are dangerous because they have been brainwashed and are incapable of reason. And their religions have in place processes to keep it that way. Including christianity. You don't have to look too far into history to see the tremendous evils perpetrated by the catholic church, for example.
Religions haven't been "taken over", they have been that way since the beginning. Look for example at "new" religions, and the people who set them up. Scientology for example. Its easy to call them crackpots, and L Ron Hubbard insane, but how do they fundamentally differ from any other religion? You have a man, who has an idea, and goes about recruiting soft-headed people to follow him. Together they build the organisation in one way or another, until it becomes dominant and its ruling class can exert power over their fellows. Whether that power is expressed through cutting out hearts on an altar, burning people at the stake, holy wars, or political control is pretty irrelevant. They're all of the same stripe.
SOMEONE STOLE MY NAME!! I CAN'T BE BRIGWYN!!! WTF IS THAT?!?
After getting frustrated searching for information about my own illness I decided to create this site as a way to share my own experiences, learning, and information I've found to hopefully help others as they journey through their own recovery.
My hope is over time Hack Thyself will grow in to a Community of Peers willing to share their own stories and learnings about their own Recovery. Personally, I think the more we share our own experiences, the less chance we'll have of a relapse.