I just returned from talking with a great group in Joplin, MO - link. Who would guess that there is a very active and lively group of freethinkers in such a bible belt city (25 attended). We had five students from Ozark Christian College in the audience as well. They asked interesting questions and stayed around for some good conversation at the end. I rarely get religious people in my presentations, but I certainly welcome them. Having grown up in a fundamentalist environment, I see a lot of myself in those students.

Thanks to Doc for a great write up on my presentation in Joplin - link. You can also see his photos of the good time we had worshipping the FSM at the beer volcano afterwards - link.

On another note, it appears that the St. Louis group had a very lively discussion after I presented last week. I was not present at the discussion so really can't say anything. Ben was one in attendance. He wrote this rather detailed response to some of the discussion. I was quite taken with the time and effort and thoughtfulness he put into this response. You can see it at this link.

My main concern with the discussion is that none seem to have read the book. I think many of the concerns expressed in his response are considered if not answered in the book.

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Comment by Eric Oberholtz on April 8, 2009 at 3:45pm
yea i just orderd it, thanks. It should be under Cathy Oberholtzer i think because i used her paypal acnt. "If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people." heh.
Comment by Darrel Ray on April 8, 2009 at 2:38pm
Order it from my website and I'll autograph it for you www.thegodvirus.net
Comment by Eric Oberholtz on April 8, 2009 at 2:31pm
Thanks, im deffinetly going to buy the book now :). Im working to become a psycologist my self and youve been pretty inspiring so far.
Comment by Darrel Ray on April 8, 2009 at 11:38am
Sorry about the delay in responding, I can say that the book has a hell of a lot more information than the videos. I am doing the videos to stimulate discussion, especially for those who may not be readers. It seems to have accomplished that objective. As for you second paragraph questions, the book seeks to answer a good deal of what you ask. Why humans still engage in religious behavior despite the obvious success of the scientific method, is answered by the viral metaphor. Hope this answers at least some of your questions.
Comment by Eric Oberholtz on April 7, 2009 at 4:36pm
Hey, i saw all your youtube posts about your book the god virus and i really enjoyed your well thought out disscussions on religion. I had a couple questions for you so i thought this would be the best way to get in contact with you since i dont have a video camera for youtube. First im thinking about buying your book and i was wondering how much of it was already talked about in the videos and if its still got alot to offer since i dont have a WHOLE lot of money to throw around :). Also i have a couple questions i would like to have know have an intelligent person tell me about if you have the time.

Religion was bound to happen at first when we came into existance, but now were at a point where science is everywhere along with inteligent thought and it still exists. So do you think that its still around to control our lives or our nature in general was unable to break from the fear of dieing and what that entails and so on. It seems that we would have naturaly broken from the cycle of fear of the unknown as we found out that the sun is not a god that gives us a good harvest because it loves us, and that apallo is not the reason it rises and sets everyday. I guess what im saying is: Intelligence > Human nature?



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