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The God Virus by Darrel Ray
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Feb 02, 2010

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I would have given this book a 4 were it not written like a high school text book. I don't really need a summary section at the end of each chapter to re-read the all of the main points which also happened to have bold headings. I did find Ray's virus analogy for religion as a virus an apt device to explain the ways in which a religion spreads across cultures and works to defend itself from competing ideas as well as adapt to changing environments. One drawback to this "god virus" world view, in my opinion, would be an increased intolerance of virtually all religious practice. Though many believers are themselves highly intolerant, it does society no good for non-believers to treat them in kind.
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message 1: by David (last edited Feb 17, 2010 03:33PM) (new)

David Kotynski Wow, interesting: this guy has some interesting views, (after reading the given review from goodreads).
Does he touch at all how each religion differs in their effects on society?
He seems to view these effects as being negative in nature: is that the case?
Do you think believers purposefully try to defend themselves from other competing ideas or seek to adapt to changing environments or are they seeking more to maintain an objective truth in an ever-changing environment and culture?

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