Darrel Ray

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Darrel Ray
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Born Darrel Wayne Ray
(1950-08-24) August 24, 1950 (age 64)
Wichita, Kansas
Occupation Organizational psychologist, author
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education MA, Ed. D.
Alma mater Friends University, Scarritt College for Christian Workers,[1] Peabody College of Vanderbilt University[2]
Genre Non-fiction
Subject Religion, organization development, sexuality
Years active 1978–present

Darrel Wayne Ray (born August 24, 1950) is a writer and speaker on leadership and organizational development and author of two books on the topic. He also founded Teaming Up, an organizational and team-building coaching program.[3] He is the author of 2 books about secularism and atheism, The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Culture and Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality. In 2009, he helped found the organization, "Recovering from Religion", a national self-help group for those leaving their religious indoctrination.[4] He is currently involved in Recovering from Religion as a board director and as part of a Recovering from Religion program called The Secular Therapy Project which aims to help patients find secular and science-based therapy. On August 30, 2014, he launched a podcast about human sexuality and atheism called Secular Sexuality where is he also the host.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Ray was raised a fundamentalist Christian in Wichita, Kansas, by parents who eventually became missionaries, and among family members highly involved in church life.[6]

In 1972, he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology at Friends University in Wichita, and in 1974 he completed an MA in Church and Community at Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1978 he finished a doctoral program in psychology at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, earning his Ed.D.[7] Ray practiced clinical psychology for 10 years before becoming involved in organizational culture.[8]

In 1979, Ray joined the Quaker church, and later he attended the Presbyterian church.[4] From 1969 to 1984 he taught Sunday school, preached, and was a tenor soloist in several church choirs. He left the church in the mid 1980s and identifies as an atheist.

Personal Life[edit]

Ray is the father of two children and also a grandfather.[8]



Team Building[edit]

  • Teaming Up: Making the Transition to a Self-directed, Team-based Organization (IPC Press 1995. ISBN 978-0-07-051646-5 Hardcover.)
  • The Performance Culture: Maximizing the Power of Teams (IPC Press, May 2001. ISBN 978-0-9709505-0-5 Paperback.)

Both of the above books were co-authored with Howard Bronstein and describe how to create and manage self-directed teams.[9]

Secularism and Religion[edit]

Ray's books about secularism and religion explore how religion interacts with human beings on a personal and cultural level. Ray explores how religious institutions and ideas can be used to control human thoughts and behaviors, especially sexual behaviors.[8] Ray pays special attention to placing sexuality and various religions into context culturally and historically. He takes the stance that many human impulses, feelings and sexual behaviors are normal and can be desirable.[10]


Ray has written for Humanist, a publication of the American Humanist Association.[11]


Dr. Darrel Ray's podcast, Secular Sexuality addresses human sexuality from an atheist or freethinker's viewpoint. It is produced by Dogma Debate, an atheist media and publishing company.[12]

  • Secular Sexuality with Dr. Darrel Ray (2014)


In June of 1982, Ray and several other authors released a paper describing a study done on male youth offenders in a juvenile correction institute. Ray and the group studied whether population density had any effects on the participants.[13]

In May 2011, Ray and Amanda Brown (an undergraduate at the University of Kansas studying sex and sexuality) released the results of a self-reporting online survey[14] of over 14,500 American secularists, titled "Sex and Secularism: What Happens When You Leave Religion?", concluding that sex improves dramatically after leaving religion, and people who are religious exhibit similar sexual behaviors as the non-religious, but experience markedly increased guilt.[15] The study has been criticized for suffering from self-selection bias,[16] due to its recruiting of participants via the science blog Pharyngula.[17]


  1. ^ "LinkedIn profile". LinkedIn. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Darrel W. Ray, Ed.D.". 
  3. ^ "IPC Teaming Up". Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Gray, Helen (12 Jun 2009). "New support group Recovering from Religion helps people who leave the church". The Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on 17 Jun 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Eberhard, JT. "Darrel Ray enters the world of podcasting with Secular Sexuality!". Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  6. ^ "Darrel W. Ray Speaks Out!". 2010-05-20. Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Atheists United Hosts Special Meeting with Noted Psychologist, Darrel Ray". Archived from the original on 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  8. ^ a b c "Amazon.com: Darrel W. Ray". Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  9. ^ Gerard, Robert (August 1995). "Teaming Up: Making the Transition to a Self-Directed, Team-Based Organization". Academy of Management Executive. doi:10.5465/AME.1995.9509210324. Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  10. ^ Hall, David (20 Jul 2012). "Book Review.Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality". Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality. Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  11. ^ Darrel, Ray (July 2012). "America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty". Humanist. Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  12. ^ Dogma Debate and Secular Sexuality"Secular Sexuality". Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Effects Of High Density In A Juvenile Correctional Institution". Basic & Applied Social Psychology. Retrieved 10 Dec 2014. 
  14. ^ Clark-Flory, Tracy (23 May 2011). "Do atheists have better sex?". Salon.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Myers, PZ. "This has to be our new selling point". Pharyngula (blog). Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  16. ^ Donaldson James, Susan (25 May 2011). "Atheists Have Best Sex Lives, Claims Psychologist". ABC News. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Myers, PZ (24 January 2011). "Prying into your dirty, dirty secrets". Pharyngula (blog). Retrieved 25 May 2011. 

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