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The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    An Apt Analogy Taken a Bit Too Far

    Religio venena omnia. Those who have eschewed faith will at once recognize the parallels between viruses and the propagation of religions, but the same arguments the author advances in indictment of religion hold true for die-hard fans of sports teams, classic car collectors, or any other self- reinforcing behavior.

    While the author's points are sound, they are only slightly insightful in understanding the propagation and innoculation of religion. That one's religion is most influencedby one's family and geography is hardly a novel concept. Few citizens of Iraq are likely to become Catholic and few babies born in Italy are destined to face the Qaaba five times daily in propitiation towards Allah.

    Amusing, yes, but one is left with the longing for a more satisfactory call to action at the conclusion of the work. Yes, religion is a virus, yes it has built in defenses and adaptations, but whete does that lead one? The author rightfully identifies education as the immunization, but the ability to think critically about religion comes no earlier than the second or third decade of life, and religious 'infection' is begun, in some cases, just days after birth with a sprinkle of water or a snip of the foreskin.

    Get somrone to lend this to you and save your money for Dawkins, Harris, or Hitchens.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    A good, easy to read book that will have those who recently left

    A good, easy to read book that will have those who recently left religion nodding while agreeing with the author and smiling. It will however not  do the same with those in favor of religion. As it will either open their eyes to the absurdity of religion or make them cringe their teeth for the author presents how religion works bluntly and not how religious people want to believe it works.

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  • Posted October 16, 2012

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    A unique perspective on religion's pervasiveness, and how to live in that environment.

    Most of the book is fairly pedestrian, as well as occasionally repetitive and lightly sourced, but the author starts hitting the homers in the last four chapters. The author is at his best highlighting many of the subconscious triggers that religion targets, with practical suggestions to counter them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    God and sex dont mix

    Great book on how religion poisons your sex life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Excellent

    This book was amazing. A must read if you want to understand religion and how toxic it can be.

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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    COMPELLING

    GAVE ME THE INSIGHT I NEEDED TO WHAT I WAS FEELING ABOUT RELIGON

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