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Do some atheists still thin Religion is a mental illness?
06-22-2014, 09:38 PM
Post: #11
Anyone who thinks eating a cracker and drinking whine will grant you access into some super awesome country club in the sky is not right in the head. Period.

Look around you - this is the real world, and it is passing you, and every other fundie moron by.

"Alex - Sans the Mercy - who mentioned crackers and wine lol? You are wasting your life with these crazy delusions - get help"

Yeah, because obviously that ritual never, ever happens.

*roll's eyes*

I should know better than to answer an absolute idiot's questions.


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06-22-2014, 09:53 PM
Post: #12
yes, they believe 97.7% of the world is delusional
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06-22-2014, 10:01 PM
Post: #13
Some may but with a little research they can learn that just the opposite is true. Believers suffer much less emotional and mental problems than non believers. This has been shown by the vast majority of studies over the years.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Very religious Americans in the United States are less likely to report having been diagnosed with depression over the course of their lifetime than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious. This relationship between depression and religion, based on an analysis of more than 550,000 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index interviews, is statistically significant after controlling for major demographic and regional variables.

Very religious Americans are also less likely to report experiencing the daily negative emotions of worry, stress, sadness, and anger than are their moderately religious and nonreligious counterparts.
Going to Church May Improve Mental Health

Spirituality Lowers Risk of Substance Abuse, Adds Meaning to Life, Study Shows

May 26, 2005 (Atlanta) -- Going to church is good for your mental health.
A new survey of nearly 37,000 men and women shows that people who regularly attend church, synagogue, or other religious services are less likely to suffer from depression and other psychiatric illnesses than those who don't.

"The higher the worship frequency, the lower the odds of depression, mania, and panic disorders," says researcher Marilyn Baetz, MD, of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The findings add to growing evidence that faith may positively affect your mental well-being, she says.
Among the 43 publications that met these criteria, thirty-one (72.1 %) found a relationship between level of religious/spiritual involvement and less mental disorder (positive), eight (18.6 %) found mixed results (positive and negative), and two (4.7 %) reported more mental disorder (negative). All studies on dementia, suicide, and stress-related disorders found a positive association, as well as 79 and 67 % of the papers on depression and substance abuse, respectively.


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06-22-2014, 10:12 PM
Post: #14
Well, if you have faith, you are by definition believing things without reason. It may be the case that your reasoning faculties aren't up to speed, but it could also mean that you are simply not using it, and a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
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06-22-2014, 10:18 PM
Post: #15
I like the down thumb responses to the well reasoned answers to this question got. The down thumb is pretty much a tool used to reenforce denial of reality through social disapproval. And yet the more idiotic and meaningless propaganda statements got thumbs up as if certain people around here are confused about the distinction between facts and opinions.
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06-22-2014, 10:20 PM
Post: #16
Some probably feel that way.
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06-22-2014, 10:35 PM
Post: #17
"Do some atheists still thin Religion is a mental illness?"

Hi Liam: and the answer is an obvious yes.
Education is the most effective cure.
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06-22-2014, 10:40 PM
Post: #18
The hyper religious, I can understand why people say that is comparable to mental illness. They reject evidence to the contrary without even consideration to the otehr arguement, they often act upon the capcity to spread hate and evil in the world without care for the other people's thoughts or feelings. In a more general sense, they believe things that simply have been proven to not be true. They seem crazy and insane to them.

Be clear that they are not refering to all religious people, but the hyper religious or extremists.
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06-22-2014, 10:46 PM
Post: #19
“We must recognize religion as brainwashing. We must recognize the (hyper) religious as mentally damaged.”

- You begin forcing religion onto children - brain washing - and "hyper" anything is mentally damaged.

It seems clear to me that religion isn’t a form of mental illness

- But then no psychotic EVER thinks they are psychotic.

and that calling it one reflects a shallow understanding of both mental illness and religion

- No, its pretty accurate.

worse still, a knowing attempt to use mental illness as an insult.

- Facts can't be insulting, only what you infer from them.

Save The Planet - you do not seem intelligent enough to be on here

- We keep saying that about you.

DogofMan - is it possible you may have been programmed to think that way

- And you haven't, again the psychotic does not know he is psychotic.

Sans Deity - you appear to be delusional - you seem to be hallucunating

- Haven't looked into a mirror lately have you.

Sirensong sunshine - your beliefs seem ridiculous - you seem to have programmed


Kal Alvar - censorship and sketicism is much more common with atheists/materialists.

- Right, that is why there was a censorship board for TV and movies, CHRISTIANS did that.
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06-22-2014, 10:47 PM
Post: #20
I like Silverman and Maher and I am an atheist, but religion isn't a mental illness. I find it disparaging of mental illness. Although I dislike the effects of religion in general or programming kids one way or another, I think labeling them all as simply irrational and their beliefs bad is simplistic. I don't like the New Atheist trend to insist everybody should be atheists any more than insistence everybody should believe in God. Moderate and accepting believers who don't peddle creationism, are pro science, pro separation, don't judge atheists as morally or socially of less value--basically nice and intellectual people--are better to me than an atheist who personally ridicules theists. And I am not in anyway even slightly tempted nor could I be religious. Now higher levels of religiosity does become a form of religion when fear of hell and different beliefs makes one antagonistic and inflexible.
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