I have found The God Virus to be a most readable and important piece of work. I can happily recommend it to potential readers, particularly to those who are not overly burdened with too much formal education in the arcane aspects of theology and philosophy. Your book is, to me at least, an everyman’s explanation of the issues. It should be welcomed by the educated person who wants good factual and logically solid reasons that can be used in discussion, as well as in argument, without calling down the curse of academic boredom and in helping in the building of a personal unified Atheistic view of the world.
Your book is a convenient handbook on how real life Atheists can stay sane while others are freaking out with religious madness and blaming it on those that challenge the true believer’s faith based system.
You are most welcome to publicize my endorsement.
Edwin Kagin, National Legal Director
American Atheists, Inc.
"The God Virus, presents the reader with a telling analysis of religious belief as a memetic force that behaves in a manner similar to a biological virus, working within the infected host, individual and collective, to further its own survival and propagation, often to the detriment of that host. This metaphor is uncannily apt and illuminating. It illustrates that, no matter what its genesis in human evolutionary development or the reasons for it, religion has become a force inimical to the best interests of modern cultural cohesion, scientific and ethical enlightenment, and individual human happiness. Alienation, guilt, fear, social and sexual dysfunction, moral extremism and bigotry, personality disorders, divisiveness within family and nations, are only some of the adverse symptoms produced by infection with the religious virus."
author of The Jesus Puzzle:
"For those who are hungering for more after reading the books written by the New Atheists, Dr. Darrel Ray's The God Virus is a logical and thought-provoking follow-up. By extending the metaphor of religion as a virus, the reader gets a better understanding of the incredible power religion can have on anyone's way of thinking (Dr. Ray shows that even your IQ is negatively affected!). Lest anyone think this is just a putdown of religion, the reader also gets excellent advice on how to live life without a God, from marriage to raising children. It's a book that freethinkers will enjoy and religious readers can only dare to read."
Hemant Mehta author of
I Sold My Soul On Ebay
(Waterbrook Press, 2007)
"I have read Dawkins, Hitchens and many others. The God Virus leaves them all behind. This book is truly groundbreaking and a must read for anyone who wants to understand how religion creates such a powerful influence in the world."
Oklahoma State Co-Director, American Atheists
"I am a religious person, a churchgoer. Nevertheless this one-of-a-kind book is a vital reminder of the fact that we need to look objectively at what religion does to us."
author of "CRAZY FOR GOD-How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Helped Found The Religious Right, And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back
Da Capo Press, 2007