9.02.2011

Religious Schizophrenia?

Definition (source)
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by a disintegration of thought processes and of emotional responsiveness.


Symptoms: (source)

-Intense and excessive preoccupation with religion or spirituality
-Frequent moves, trips, or walks that lead nowhere
-Delusions of reference- thinking that random events convey a special meaning to you.
-Religious delusions- that you are Jesus, God, a prophet, or the antichrist.
-Delusions of grandeur- the belief that you have an important mission, special purpose, or are an unrecognized genius, or famous person.
-Auditory hallucinations can be either inside the person's head or externally.
-Visual hallucinations operate on a spectrum.


What if religious idols and leaders were just suffering from schizophrenia? What if they were just like Hulon Mitchell, Jr. or Shoko Asahara, our modern day false prophets? Don't we think these people who claim to be sons of "God" are funny and stupid?

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