Darrel Ray: Author of "The God Virus"

Dr. Darrel Ray author of the exciting and provocative book entitled The God Virus, has been invited to address the Columbia Atheists. Dr. Ray is a highly regarded psychologist and student of religion and a popular speaker about the psychology and culture of religion. He is the founder of Recovering Religionists (www.recoveringreligionists.com) a nation-wide self-help group for those who have left the confines of religion. Dr. Ray’s lectures are regularly attended by believers and non-believers alike. This event is being sponsored by American Atheists and Columbia Atheists.

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  • Peggy H.

    http://www.forgoodreason.org/ For Good Reason: New Show

    http://pointofinquiry.org/ Point of Inquiry: Old Show [still airing with three new hosts] DJ Grothe also has a page on Facebook. I first heard him on Freethought radio: http://www.freethoughtradio.com/

    March 5, 2010

  • Stanley D.

    By the way, I'm not familiar with DJ Grothe. Who is she/he?

    March 4, 2010

  • Stanley D.

    Peggy,
    I certainly don't think you're alone. I had a similar experience, although I had a double infection, which made it more complicated - I had to cure myself twice. I hope that there are many more like us, now and in the future. Maybe I'm just frustrated by the people I work with, who are amazed that some people actually believe in evolution, and who won't go to Lowe's because it supports gay rights, and baffled (and scared) by the popularity of Sarah Palin.

    March 4, 2010

  • Peggy H.

    Stanley, I'm listening to DJ Grothe's For Good Reason interview with Carol Travis about Cognitive Dissonance. It occured to me that when I was 'infected. . vertically I might add' I lived in a constant state of conflict between what I knew to be RIGHT and what I was supposed to BELIEVE. When I finally said goodbye to theism all that conflict went away. . .pure relief. Can't believe I'm alone but you may be right.

    March 3, 2010

  • Stanley D.

    I'm afraid that hoping for a cure is just wishful thinking. The virus is too prevalent. Also, the vertical transmission mode is nearly 100% successful in destroying the immune system (the intellect), making it unable to recognize the virus for what it is. I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt it.

    March 2, 2010

  • George H. D.

    The comparison of religion and virus is an interesting one. Perhaps some day in the future we will be able to cure both, rather than just address the symptoms only.

    February 28, 2010

  • Stanley D.

    Interesting thesis. Good speaker.

    February 28, 2010

  • Peggy H.

    So very glad I went. I'd watched the Youtube series on our 'about page' but there's nothing like an 'in-the-flesh' event. The guy's GOOD! I'd thought the 'virus' metaphor was a bit forced when I heard him interviewed on 'Point-of-Inquiry', but this event changed that opinion without a quible.

    February 28, 2010

  • Greg L.

    Darrel was great.

    February 27, 2010

  • Matt P.

    Darell Ray is a great speaker and it was lots of fun.

    February 27, 2010

  • Greg L.

    Darrel will be staying after his presentation to visit. We will most likely go upstairs and grab a few tables. So please feel free to stay, it is sure to be a good time.

    February 24, 2010

  • Matt P.

    I think I was mistaken. He will be here this weekend.

    February 23, 2010

  • Greg L.

    No Larry, that is not a problem at all. Can't wait to see you all there!

    February 19, 2010

  • LarryD

    Hey Greg.... it wouldn't let me say I was bringing 3 guests, so I changed it to one. However, I'm planning to bring my wife and two children... Please let me know if this is going to be a problem.

    February 19, 2010

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