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Offline noisician

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Interview Suggestion: Darrel Ray
« on: June 17, 2009, 09:34:01 PM »
Darrel W. Ray (Ed.D. and psychologist) has written "The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture" in which he makes an analogy between religion and a biological virus.

http://www.amazon.com/God-Virus-religion-infects-culture/dp/0970950519
 
To me, this seems like an unfairly negative false analogy in that there is nearly nobody who would find anything positive or redeeming about a virus. Even if, on balance, you find religion to have a negative influence, it is hard to claim that religion is responsible for no good at all.

So I would be curious to hear Steve and the gang interview Darrel to see how far his analogy really works -- and works in a way which sheds new light onto the nature of religion.

Or, is this just a clever sounding idea, but when you get into the details do you have to "squint" in order for it to seem like the analogy still holds?

Thanks!
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Re: Interview Suggestion: Darrel Ray
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 11:28:28 PM »
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Re: Interview Suggestion: Darrel Ray
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2009, 04:43:36 AM »
To me, this seems like an unfairly negative false analogy

An insult to viruses?
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