7 reasons Why Religion is a Form of Mental Illness

This guy here says it’s not. What a crock.

Hallucinations – the person has invisible friends who (s)he insists are real, and to whom (s)he speaks daily, even though nobody can actually see or hear
these friends.

Delusions – the patient believes that the invisible friends have magical powers to make them rich, cure cancer, bring about world peace, and will do so eventually if asked.

Denial/Inability to learn – though the requests for world peace remain unanswered, even after hundreds of years, the patients persist with the praying behavior, each time expecting different results.

Inability to distinguish fantasy from reality – the beliefs are contingent upon ancient mythology being accepted as historical fact.

Paranoia – the belief that anyone who does not share their supernatural concept of reality is “evil,” “the devil,” “an agent of Satan“.

Emotional abusereligious concepts such as sin, hell, cause feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and other types of emotional “baggage” which can scar the psyche for life.

Violence – many patients insist that others should share in their delusions, even to the extent of using violence.

Religion still seems to be the one kind of crazy that is commended, applauded, and not treated.

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5 comments

  1. This is good shit. I love it. I’m going to quote it in my book.

    The only thing I can’t figure out is this site being called Black Atheists.
    I’ve never met one. Quite to the contrary, I’ve been condemned by most Blacks for not being religious. In short, their opinion of me ranges from Confused/Lost/Delusional to Dangerous/Satanic/Avoid-At-All-Costs. Some have even tried force-feeding me a Bible or Koran. And I’m one of these guys who keeps his mouth shut, tries to dodge all religious questions, and does Not walk around with wearing a big “A.”

  2. While I too think that most religious people have a serious disconnect between the world they see and the way it actually is, I find some of your points misleading.

    1. is particularly good example, because the behaviour described is not a matter of hallucinations: On the contrary, if the friends were not invisible (or if they talked back…) then you would have a case. What remains of 1. can basically be baked together with 2.

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