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If you could sum up Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality in three words, what would they be?
Courageous, intelligent, and poignant.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Even though there's no real "characters" as this is an expose, all of the patients Darrel draws off are all poignant, moving and equally worthy of attention.
What about Darrel Ray’s performance did you like?
His relaxed and calm readings and clear and lucid explanation of terms and concepts. He's extremely friendly and warm and sounds like the most fun professor to sit with.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Dr. Darrel Ray's examination of patriarchal psychology in Chapter 16 and 17. His examination of how guilt plays directly into the minds and boys and girls at a young age and his clear breakdown of the sexual shame and indoctrination pounded into children was shocking and powerful, especially since as a former Pentecostal Christian-turned-atheist myself, made me tear up because it immediately made me recall how my sexual thought and urges were made to be shamed constantly. His examination of the role slavery and brutality played into shaming black slaves into Christianity was also deeply moving.
Any additional comments?
This book is truly a must-have. Believers and nonbelievers alike will learn things they'd never though were possible. We truly have no idea just how deep down the rabbit hole awful religious programming has dragged us into. Darrel Ray's research is incomparable and truly enlightening. You will never again think the same way about your body, your biology, your society, and religion after reading and listening to this book from beginning to end. I'm determined to share this with everyone I know.
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What did you love best about Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality?
I think everyone will find themselves in this book, no matter what your background. Religion in society has a cultural affect on everyone. This book helps you to see that your desires are natural, acceptable, and removes the guilt that straps so many lives from the ultimate pleasure that sex should bring.
I had left religion right before I purchased this book, but I don't think that is a necessity. Anyone who reads a book that bluntly speaks of sexuality needs an open mind.
Darrel Ray will make you laugh and bring you to an understanding of your feelings. And since, as a society, so few find sex an acceptable topic of deep discussion, I think this book is a life saver. I saw myself in this book in so many ways, and now am enjoying the best sex ever, whether with my spouse or alone, because I am free to do so. That is a result of this book! Buy it, read and reread it, tell people you know, honestly, life is too short and this part of it is too important.
The author also has a book, The God Virus, and it is equally impressive. All the way around, if you shy away from any aspect of your sexuality, are afraid to be who you really are, and don't feel comfortable in your skin, this book will take you to a better place.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Could not read a less research and more opinion based book that relies on racial slurs not based on any scientific research at all.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have the entire thing rewritten and find more scientific proof to back up the distorted logic provided by the author, in fact this book is irresponsible also the tile is not just about god communism is not related to god. This book is simply an attack on religion and has no enlightenment and knowledge value. It seems to be the atheist virus that is pervasive the hatred and atheistic fervour this book tries to convey is dangerous and seems to imply a superiority over religions and the research of islam is non-existent he seems to have made up facts about islam to suit his attack against religion.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality?
Any additional comments?
IT is a ridiculous piece of writing that distorts all religions it is clear the author did little research in science and little research in religion. The author seems to try to belittle religion perhaps he was restricted in his personal sexuality because he was clearly raised as a catholic and the backlash is an attack and dislike of all religions without any research of his topic. lacks science and lacks religious knowledge.
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