The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture

The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture

Darrel W. Ray


What makes faith so robust? How does it weave its means into our political process? Why do humans think and stick to seen non secular charlatans? What makes humans profess deep religion whilst they act in ways in which betray that religion? What makes humans unaware of the irrationalities in their faith but basically see these of others? If those questions curiosity you, this e-book offers you the instruments to appreciate faith and its strength in you, your loved ones and your tradition. For hundreds of thousands of years, faith has woven its method via societies and folks as though it have been half and parcel to that society or individual. In huge degree it was once left unexplained and unchallenged, it easily existed. those that tried to problem and divulge faith have been frequently persecuted, excommunicated, avoided, or maybe done. it can be deadly to give an explanation for that which the church, priest or imam stated used to be unexplainable. prior to the germ, viral and parasite concept of sickness, physicians had no instruments to appreciate affliction and its propagation. clergymen informed humans disorder was once as a result of the sin, devil, evil spirits, and so forth. With the invention of microbial actors, scientists won new instruments to review the way it spreads. they can examine an infection thoughts, immunity, epidemiology and masses extra. all at once the bad ailments of the previous have been comprehensible. The plagues of Europe, yellow fever, small pox, pneumonia, tuberculosis, syphilis, and so forth. have been now faraway from the divine and positioned squarely within the wildlife. This ebook owes very much to Richard Dawkins proposal of viruses of the brain, however it seeks to move a step additional to customize the concept that of faith as an endemic and express how those innovative rules paintings in way of life. The paradigm can clarify the fundamentalism of your Uncle Ned, the sexual habit of a fallen mega church minister, the kid rearing practices of a Pentecostal neighbor, why 19 males flew planes into the area exchange heart or what motivates a lady to blow herself up within the crowded markets of Baghdad. learn the way faith impacts sexuality for its personal reasons, how and why it protects pedofile monks and wayward ministers and the way it makes use of survivor guilt to propagate and effect and the way it will probably effect a person's IQ.

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