Recovering from Religion — Kansas City, MO
Darrel Ray, Ed.D. is an organizational psychologist and student of religion for over forty years. Raised in a fundamentalist Christian home, he knows religion from the inside out. He has a BA in sociology, an MA in religion and an Ed.D. in counseling psychologyfrom Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. For thirty years, Dr. Ray was in practice as a clinical psychologist, then an organizational psychologist and wrote two books in that field. Teaming Up (McGraw-Hill, 1995) and The Performance Culture (IPC Press, 2001).
Darrel left religion in his thirties, but continued to ask the question, "How does religion work on the mind and behavior of those it infects?" Because no other authors seemed to be answering this question, he wrote The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture as a practical and theoretical guide to those who want to understand religion and specifically how to eliminate it from our lives. In 2012 he published his latest book, Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality where he asks, “What would happen if we subtracted religion out of sex. What would human sexuality look like? How would it change or inform us? While still early, the book has received rave reviews for its fresh perspective on the impact of religion on human sexuality and sexual behavior. Sex and God is the first book to scientifically examine this important relationship.
In 2009, Dr. Ray founded Recovering from Religion (RR), an international organization and 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to helping people leave religion. The organization has grown from a single monthly meeting to 200 meetings in the US and many more starting in countries like India, Bangladesh, the UK and Australia. In 2011 Dr. Ray turned over the day-to-day operations of RR to the new executive Director, former Pentecostal minister, Jerry DeWitt, Darrel remains Chairman of the Board. Visit them on the web at www.recoveringreligionists.com.
Watch Darrel talk about The God Virus: