- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: IPC Press (January 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0970950543
- ISBN-13: 978-0970950543
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality Paperback – January 10, 2012
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"Read this book. Whether you are a believer, doubter, or atheist, religion influences your sexuality. Darrel Ray removes our blinders. Never again will you view religion as benign in its effects. With patience, verve, and overwhelming evidence he makes the case that religion is an STD, a sexually tarnishing disease. Religion undermines our capacities for romance, love, sex, intimacy, and parenting. Sex and God, not the Gideon Bible, needs to be in every hotel room."
--J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D., University of Virginia, psychiatrist, author, Why We Believe In God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith
"The gods seem to have a perverse obsession with the sex lives of mere mortals. In this comprehensive, sharply written survey, Darrel Ray takes us on a tour of the millennia-long religious crusades against guilt-free human sexual expression. I enjoyed this book. It's a fascinating, informative read."
--Christopher Ryan, Ph.D., co-author of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
"When it comes to hurtful hypocrisy, it appears that religion and sex may well take the cake. How appropriate therefore - and how courageous - that Darrel Ray has written Sex and God, a powerful debunking of one of the deepest yet rarely examined mythic connections of all time. Give Sex and God a try ... and then drop one of them (I'll leave it up to you to decide which!)."
--David P. Barash, professor of psychology, University of Washington, and author, most recently, of Homo Mysterious: evolutionary mysteries of human nature
"Dr. Ray poignantly applies both the facts and common sense to two of society's greatest untouchables: sex and religion. Approach this book with an open mind and you will find Sex and God puts sexual power back where it belongs: with you!"
--Laci Green, host of Sex+, youtube.com/lacigreen
About the Author
Dr. Darrel Ray is a psychologist and student of religion and sexuality. His third book, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture was a best seller and changed the way many people look at religion.
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Well, not to worry. All you need is a double dose of Dr. Darrel Ray to get your mind right. All you have to do is relax, let go of all the indoctrination you've been dealt your whole life and question whether everything you've been taught just may not be true. Possibly that attractive other person is sitting there daydreaming about YOU! Just imagine the possibilities. Or are you afraid you may end up in hell? Forget that, there is no hell except the one you're living in right now.
Read Dr. Darrel Ray's two books, " The God Virus" and "Sex and God" and just roll with what the man has to say. He exposes the religious perversion fabricated by hucksters used as leverage on your mind and wallet. Don't throw anymore money into another collection plate, spend some of your hard earned dollars on both of Dr. Ray's books and the confusion will evaporate off the top of your head as if you just stepped out of a comforting pool on a sunny day. Ignore all the liars who are in it for the money and go with a double dose of Dr. Darrel Ray. Try it, you'll like it.
I learned some amazing things about more than I expected by reading this book, and have recommended it to many, many others. My husband has also read it and found it as great as I did. I am now going to be reading everything else Mr. Ray has written.
God created us, complete with our sex drives. Is God then punishing us for God's work?
The main weakness of this book is that the author does not believe in the spiritual or the effect of prayer, so he is writing from one in-group bias criticizing another.
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The book does not discuss at all the ways that faith sometimes fosters a positive view of sex and...Read more