Darrel Ray

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, 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 (RfR), an international organization and 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to helping people leave religion. The organization has grown from a single monthly meeting to meetings throughout the US, the UK and Australia and other countries. RfR also runs a hotline and chatline and outreach programs for people leaving many different religions. Darrel remains Chairman of the Board. Visit them on the web at www.recoveringfromreligion.org. In 2014 he started the Secular Sexuality Podcast dedicated to exploring all thing sexual from a secular point of view https://secularsexuality.dogmadebate.com/

Darrel can be reached via email

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Topic(s): Psychology, Religion

Sub-topic(s): Psychology of religion, Sex & Sexuality, Leaving religion, Religious criticism