I enjoyed your talk at the Atlanta Freethought Society and enjoyed your book even more. Your insight to the self-preservation aspect of the religious virus was particularly enlightening. Ironically, while recently reading Ollie North's Under Fire , I ran across an especially good example of this. In chapter 8, LTC North criticizes Nancy and Ronald Reagan for consulting astrologers. He then says "For the life of me, I can't understand how a man who purports to be a Christian can believe in that malarkey. . . the idea that a man could get up in the morning and let an interpretation of the great sidereal movement guide his day is simply beyond my understanding." I am sure it is!
Mr. Ray, I have just finished and enjoyed The God Virus. Thank you. But I am very curious. "Carrie" found enlightenment by reading a book loaned to her by a friend. It must have been a more than usually persuasive book, as she was a committed religionist and read it unwillingly. I think books have most influence if the reader is already questioning, uneasy about the previously accepted belief, and the door to new ideas is open. So I would like to know, what is the book that she read?
Now that you mention it, I do remember. Didn't recognize you in your photo. Glad you found the book useful. Slaughterhouse Five is a great read but much of Vonnegut is excellent. I reread Cat's Cradle every couple of years.
Darrel, I want to thank you for your insightful and inspirational talks, you have been very helpful to me in reconciling my past affiliations. I was in a christian cult for 20 years and many of the things you are saying about indoctrination and hypnosis I've been saying to my ex-member friends for years. I look forward to reading your book.
Thanks for the add. I joined Recovering from Religion so that I could reply to Rich's post. I didn't grow up with the religion meme, so I don't know how appropriate it is for me to be part of this group.
I read The God Virus; it's a very interesting and timely contribution to the subject. I've recommended it to friends. Gave my sister a copy on her birthday. You and I share some common interests. Please visit my page sometime and share.