IAF Book Discussion Group – Session 7

The IAF Book Discussion Group has been formed in an effort to continue the long tradition we have within the organization of interesting and stimulating conversations on topics relevant to the Secular movement.

For this session J will lead our initial discussion of ‘Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality’ by Darrel Ray.

The reading assignment for this session will cover Section 1 (chapters 1 thru 7, to page 94). Be prepared, if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.

You can read a review of the book and an interview with Dr. Ray here.

If you prefer, though, here are a couple of interesting tid-bits from the Patheos article-

“Straight from the first page, this book flows naturally and Dr. Ray’s words come through as the voice of a good friend, explaining what your parents should have when they sat you down for the “big talk.”  This book systematically reveals the dangers of religious sexual programming, and guides you towards releasing these sexual shackles and live an ethical sex life, free from religious sanctions.”

“Darrel’s extensive research on Sex and Secularism, referenced in this book, clearly shows that religion’s stranglehold on sex diminishes the quality of our lives.  If there was one message I took from Sex & God, it’s this: It’s due time to break free from religion’s grasp and embrace a healthy attitude towards sex and sexuality.  The control that religions have had our collective sex lives has lasted far too long and life is short.”

The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂

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