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Burnsville Book Club: "The Religion Virus" by Craig A. James

We'll be discussing The Religion Virus -Why We Believe in God: An Evolutionist Explains Religion's Incredible Hold on Humanity by Craig A. James


The discussion begins at 7pm in the Davanni's "Party Room", but many of us arrive at 6:30 to have a little dinner. The evening usually concludes around 9pm after everyone has an opportunity to share their book recommendations and other ideas for group events.



Like a selfish gene or a parasite, the religion virus catches a free ride in the minds of our species, infecting our history and culture. What Guns, Germs and Steel did for anthropology, this book does for faith. It puts the pieces together into a fascinating, coherent model that makes sense! (Dan Barker, President, Freedom From Religion Foundation.) Craig A. James has written an accessible book on evolution and religion that manages to explain memetics while being both funny and touching. (Wes Unruh, author, The Art of Memetics, editor of Full of powerful, ground-breaking ideas, packaged in a deceptively simple, easy-reading style. James has created one of those rare books where, every few pages, I find myself thinking, "I need to send a copy of this to so-and-so." This is the most fun I've had reading non-fiction in a long time.

--Phil Steele, Editor, Fragment and The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics)

In June we'll be discussing God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer by Bart Ehrman


We'll be taking suggestions for future books so please come with your ideas and suggestions!

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  • Eric

    Fun discussion, in spite of my bad dating advice, and a kick-ass table!

    May 6, 2011

  • Chuck13

    wow that was a nice table!

    May 5, 2011

  • Caroline

    Entertaining as always and great dating advice from Eric!

    May 5, 2011

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  • Eric
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  • Caroline
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