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CFI MI :: TUES 4/27/10: The God Virus - How Religion Infects Our Lives & Culture with Dr. Darrel Ray

From: Jennifer B.
Sent on: Sunday, April 25, 2010 2:07 PM

The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our
Lives and Culture with Dr. Darrel Ray

Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00pm in Grand Rapids

What makes religion so powerful? How does religion weave its way into our political system? Why is sexual guilt so important to all the major religions? Why do people believe and follow religious charlatans? What makes people profess deep faith, yet act in ways that betray that faith? Why are people blind to irrationalities of their religion, yet clearly see those of others?

Dr. Darrel Ray will answer these questions and more in this informative and engaging lecture based on his recent book. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.

Copies of The God Virus will be available for purchase at the event. Dr. Ray will be available for a book signing following the lecture. Additional information below.

Event Details

The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

TUESDAY, April 27, 2010, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Women's City Club, Upper Level, 254 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI, View Details » by Darrell Ray, Ed.D., Author of The God Virus, Organizational Psychologist

NOTE: This event is on TUESDAY, and replaces our regular 4th Wednesday meeting for April.

For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest or imam said was unexplainable.

Learn how Dr. Darrel Ray's ideas explain: the fundamentalism of your Uncle Ned, the sexual behavior of a fallen mega church minister, the child rearing practices of a Pentecostal neighbor, why 19 men flew planes into the World Trade Center, why religion protects pedophile priests and how it might affect a person’s IQ.

·         Meetings are open to the Public

·         Cost: $6.00 general admission. Free for Friends of the Center.

·         Copies of The God Virus will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow lecture.

·         After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize.

·         Contact: Jennifer Beahan, [address removed], [masked]

About The Speaker

Person-LA-Darrell-Ray1.jpgDarrel Ray, Ed.D. is an organizational psychologist and consultant. He practiced for 10 years as a clinical psychologist before opening an international consulting practice in 1986. Darrel was raised in a fundamentalist home by parents who eventually became missionaries, he has seen religion from the inside out and has been a student of religion all his adult life.

Darrel is the author of The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. He is also the author of Teaming Up (1995) and The Performance Culture (2001). In 2009 Darrel founded Recovering From Religion, a group whose purpose is to help people out of religion that now has more than 20 local groups throughout the country (




Jennifer Beahan

Assistant Director

Center for Inquiry | Michigan


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Office: (616)[masked]

Cell: (616)[masked]


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