The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

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by Ray Darrel
     
 

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Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennett opened the door to a hard nosed look at religion in our society but no one seemed to be using their concepts to explain the psychology of religion and its practical effects on people. Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist and lifelong student of religion stepped into this gap to discuss religious infection from the inside out. How does…  See more details below

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Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and Dennett opened the door to a hard nosed look at religion in our society but no one seemed to be using their concepts to explain the psychology of religion and its practical effects on people. Dr. Darrel Ray, psychologist and lifelong student of religion stepped into this gap to discuss religious infection from the inside out. How does guilt play into religious infection? Why is sexual control so important to so many religions? What causes the anxiety and neuroticism around death and dying? How does religion inject itself into so many areas of life, culture and politics? Dr. Ray explores this and much more in his book, The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture. This second generation book takes the reader several steps beyond Dawkins, et al. into the realm of the personal and emotional mechanisms that affect anyone who lives in a culture steeped in religion. He uses examples that anyone can relate to and gives real world guidance in how to deal with and respond to people who are religious among our families, friends and coworkers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970950536
Publisher:
IPC Press
Publication date:
01/31/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
241
Sales rank:
502,607
File size:
380 KB

Meet the Author

Dr. Darrel Ray is a psychologist and student of religion and society. His fundamentalist upbringing uniquely positions him to describe the infection techniques of priests, ministers, evangelists, etc. Raised in Wichita, Kansas in a fundamentalist church, he has observed and studied all kinds of religion. He holds a MA in religion, Doctorate in psychology and his undergraduate work was in sociology and anthropology.

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The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
NSALegal More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book on how religion poisons your sex life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. A must read if you want to understand religion and how toxic it can be.
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fred007cartoon More than 1 year ago
GAVE ME THE INSIGHT I NEEDED TO WHAT I WAS FEELING ABOUT RELIGON
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