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Dr. Darrel Ray is a psychologist and student of religion and sexuality. His book, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture was a best seller and changed the way many people look at religion – and his recent book, Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, will change the way we look at sexuality.
But before we talk about Sex and God, we’ll be visiting with Vidushi , a high school senior who connected with Susanna as a part of the U.S. State Department’s 2012 Hours Against Hate Campaign. Vidushi has a Buddhist-Hindu background and does not attend church. Susanna is a homeschooled Christian who is very devout in her faith. As of this writing, we’re not sure if Susanna will be able to join us – but nonetheless, Vidushi’s experience in the program is fascinating. "In my school, a lot of people do not call themselves religious and whatever exposure my family has had to overly religious people has generally been negative, from people trying to convert us or people being just being very closed minded about religion," she said before the program. Discover what happened during the show.
Religious behavior finds its way into therapy offices, to the frustration of people looking for professional counseling help. Dr. Ray has spearheaded the The Secular Therapist Project that addresses the needs of many secularists who have reported that they cannot find a secular counselor in their community who do not allow their religious, spiritual or supernatural beliefs to inform their therapeutic approach.
Following our discussion with Dr. Ray about the Therapy Project and what it offers for therapists and patients, we’ll delve into Sex and God – a great read for the religious and non-religious alike. Be prepared for some enlightenment, laughter and freedom!
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