Impact of Religion on Sex and Relationships

Impact of Religion on Sex and Relationships - God and Sex by Darrel Ray

Religion and sex is something that I’ve wanted to do a podcast about for a long time. But, let me be clear up front that this is not about individual scriptures, doctrines or teachings. This podcast is about the impact of religion on relationships and the sexuality of individuals, not individual beliefs. Many of the things we discuss on this podcast may be subconscious – and many of these things will very likely be outside your comfort zone. I won’t deny that at all and neither would Dr Darrel Ray, my guest. This will likely be one of my most politically incorrect shows to date – but the point is not to insult or bash religion. The purpose is simply to educate and to share thoughts that people likely haven’t thought about.

I was raised in a religious household and it took me years and realize many of the things we discuss in the podcast. My coaching training and many of my guests over the last 130+ shows have also tapped into topics that have got me thinking about other things that opened up many other perspectives – many of those things will be mentioned today. Although my guest will do most of the talking 🙂 I’d highly recommend taking a look at his book Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality. Its likely you won’t agree with everything, but you will learn a lot about western and eastern religions and the information is fascinating and very revealing. This is one of those times I recommending opening your mind – but my regular listeners know that I love learning new things and seeing different perspectives 🙂

Some questions we will discuss –

  • Who can benefit from reading Sex and God?
  • Tell us about the “unconscious games” used by religions?
  • Why did you write Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality?
  • Is it true the bible doesn’t insist on monogamy?
  • How are shame and guilt used by religion?
  • What is the difference between guilt and shame?
  • What is the guilt cycle or the “voice in your head” as I usually call it?
  • What are some of the things you discovered in your God and Sex survey?

Listeners can download a copy of the God and Sex survey here –

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About Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality

Why are all the major religions consumed with sex? What makes sex so important, whether Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? What is the impact of religion on human sexuality? This book explores this and more. It ventures into territory that has never been examined. You will be surprised at how much religion has influenced your sexuality, who you marry, the pleasure you get or don’t get from sex, and what you can do about it.

About Darrel Ray

Dr. Darrel W. Ray is author of four books, two on organizational team issues, The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture which explores the social-psychology of religion and his latest book, Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality. He has been a psychologist for over 30 years, practicing counseling and clinical psychology for 10 years then moved into organizational psychology and consulting. He has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a MA degree in religion as well as a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and a Doctorate in psychology.

He is  also the founder and president of the international organization, Recovering from Religion. We have dozens of volunteers who man a hotline and chatline and share all kinds of resources. He also started the Secular Therapy Project as a resource for people wanting evidence based secular therapy.

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