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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Ipc Press (Dec 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970950519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970950512
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Darrel Ray, Ed.D. is a psychologist and student of religion for over forty years. Raised in a fundamentalist home, he knows religion from the inside out. He left religion in his thirties, but continued to ask the question, How does religion work on the mind and behavior of those it infects? Because no other authors seemed to be answering this question, he wrote this book as a practical and theoretical guide to those who want to understand religions of all kinds and specifically how to eliminate it from our lives.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. Smith on July 2 2012
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Drawing the analogy between a disease causing virus and belief in a god, the author takes the reader through the many ways in which religious belief protects the believer from inconvenient facts, literally blocking their reception while all the time working to increase the level of infection. This book didn't address all of my concerns, but it certainly helped me understand why some people believe the most outrageous things in spite of all the evidence against their beliefs. As an atheist living in North America I feel overwhelmed by religious beliefs that enter into every aspect of our society, and which I am expected to tolerate and "respect". But my tolerance has worn thin, and I cannot respect something so illogical and dis-functional, so viewing belief in the same manner as a disease does help put it into context. The author ends his book with the rather vague hope that we will cure ourselves of this disease as science and rational thought prevail. I only wish I was as confident, because I'm starting to see this particular disease as potentially terminal (the author notes that belief in an "end-time" blocks attempts to slow environmental degradation and global warming, etc.) and in desperate need of an antibiotic. A thought provoking read. Highly recommended for all functioning brains.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corinne, Ontario, Canada on Nov. 5 2014
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I was raised, from the age of nine in a Pentecostal home - in the sect that the Baptists say is demonic! When I was 5, although my mother didn't attend church (and my dad was away participating in WWII) she sent me to a Free Methodist Sunday School because that's the church her parents attended and the minister was keeping tabs on us ("Give me a child before the age of 7 ..."). I recall, during a particularly graphic lecture on sin and hell, that I became very worried I hadn't been a good enough child.

When my father came home, for a while there was a respite; they forgot to send us to Sunday School, spending most of their time celebrating the end of the war and the eventual birth of a son. But then, a handsome, ex-military, British, Pentecostal evangelist came to town and my mother went to gawk at him with some of her female friends and fell head-over-heels for this charmer, so then dragged my father to the revival services, and they both ended up bonkers for Jesus. They sat me down to tell me of the wonderful change there was going to be in our lives, and I started to cry. My father asked my mother (not me): "Why is she crying?" And my mother said (for me) "I don't know; maybe she's just happy." It changed our lives, allright. There were so many more things you could do wrong! Eventually, I developed a facial tic, and that was another thing I did wrong.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Star Stuff on April 14 2012
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Firstly, let me say that I was born & raised in a "very" christian home. My young, defenseless, unformed, impressionable mind believed the nonsense that my parents inculcated into me. I didn't stand a chance, as no child does. It is indeed a "form" of child abuse. I therefore believed the wild, fantastical, supernatural account that was fed to me, for about 25 years. That all ended when I woke up and began to place said beliefs under scrutiny and critical inquiry. That, combined with a level of intellectual honesty resulted (as it always will) in the abandonment of holding false beliefs.

I have read many many books on this subject, and I found this book to be one of the best. Riveting! And whether you are a believer or non-believer, I think that you would find this as captivating as I have, because it reveals the methods that religions use to propagate and survive. The author draws many parallels between religions and biological viruses, which are fascinating, and ring true to those who have experienced the mental and emotion manipulation of religion in general, and/or christinsanity in particular.

A MUST BUY!
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