Is your religion a virus?

There's a book called "The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture" by Dr.Darrel W. Ray. He is psychologist with a strong fundamentalist Christian background. He illustrates how religious ideas are like a computer virus that we "catch" and for which we "become carriers". Like any such virus, it doesn't care about WHO, but HOW MANY it can infect.

The main mechanism it uses is GUILT, especially sexual guilt. Obviously this is a serious recruiting tool when a theist tells a CHILD that they are "sinful" and "in need of God's forgiveness" or what have you. If you tell a child (YOUR child) that he must believe or he is doing something wrong, that's a powerful motivator to "catch" this virus. Our capacity for reason and logic are overridden by emotional phenomenon like guilt/shame. So did "God write the truth in our hearts", or have these irrational ideas infected our society like a virus? Can you offer any evidence that would DISPROVE this, using psychology?

NO BIBLE QUOTES!! Think this through now...

Update 2:

@Samuel ~ Yup! Now is the time to crucify his deluded followers...with KNOWLEDGE!!

7 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
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    Freud had a strong orthodox Jewish background, and Jung had a strong orthodox Christian (he was a Presbyterian ministers son).

    Psychology was invented to "destory all the world's major monotheistic religions" per Freud's book, "The Future of an Illusion" the "Illusion" supposedly being this same "religion." He defined it as "Christianity, Judaism and Islam" which is prophesied in that book as destroying those three religions (specifically) in the future.


    The Reference list

    By, Rav Davis

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    Beck, ed. (New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1975).

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  • 5 years ago


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  • 5 years ago

    Sure, it does make sense to bear in mind a meme like a plague. However the line about Christians and Muslims might incorporate a typo (adopt it???), or by some means does not add up. Can you be asking whether or not Christians and Muslims will adopt the speculation of memes? Now not openly, I must think, as we now have come to recognize that a pandemic is just not a healthful thing. Then again, some memes obviously are invaluable, such because the dependancy of washing your arms prevents a lot disorder, even supposing the person does no longer know that's why they do it.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The whole idea of comparing self-stabilizing, transmissible units of cultural information to genes was done best by the originator, Richard Dawkins, as little more than a curious footnote to his book The Selfish Gene. It was there that the term "meme" was coined. It was a groundbreaking analogy, but I really don't need to see yet another wide-eyed younube video expounding the concept.

    My beliefs are no more a "virus" than veganism, rational skepticism, anime fandom or playa-hatin.

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  • 8 years ago

    Religions are obviously something like memes which spread through social connections, but asking people to disprove etherial psychological theories is asking for too much. Not only does it unjustly reverse the burden of proof, even if something couldn't be disproven that doesn't justify thinking it as proven.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    No, but that's how atheists like Richard Dawkins are trying to portray it. They hate God. And the more negatively they can stigmatize it, the more justice they think they've served to humanity.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    This is a good way to describe the abrahamic religions.

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