The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture
The author, Dr. Darrel Ray, is a psychologist as well as a lifelong student of religion who has made an incredible contribution to our understanding of ourselves and our society. It is true that a lot of non-believers have used the virus analogy before but it is Dr. Ray who put this virus under the microscope. He put the infection under close scrutiny, exploring questions like: How come sexual repression is so prevalent in various religions? What is guilt's role in religious infection? What is behind all the anxiety and illogicality around dying and death? How does religion sneak into so many aspects of life and even in culture and politics?
This book would take the reader further - from merely acknowledging that religion is an infection to understanding the inner workings of a person (personal or emotional) who lives in a culture where religion thrives. The author cited examples that anyone could relate to, guiding readers about interacting with religious family members, friends and people in the workplace.
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