But I'm starting to think that I'm misunderstanding your question. If you ask me, Why do you think that person has flu?, there are two viable answers:
1. I think he has flu because he inhaled a flu virus (etiology).
2. I think he has flu because I can see detect a runny nose, a headache, pain in the joints and an abnormal temperature (diagnosis).
Perhaps you could clarify which you mean.
I don't 'understand how to apply that analogy to this discussion.
They believed that after they died their souls would be transported to a UFO trailing the comet Hale-Bopp, which to me is just as delusional as a Christian saying they will go to a magical placed called "heaven". I see no difference whatsoever.
Numbers. That's the difference.
And IMHO, that's a stupid reason. Sorry for the harsh word, but that's what it amounts to. We're not going to agree on this.
I just wish the experts would grow a pair and do the right thing.
According to Bert's figures, 83% of psychiatrists are theists. So those 83% aren't going to be classifying themselves as delusional anytime soon.
So a group of delusional people don't want to call themselves delusional?
Wow, that's a shocking revelation. I'm stunned.
xx% of Catholic priests are child molesters, So those xx% aren't going to be classifying themselves as child molesters anytime soon.
And the other 17% are in no position to impose their view. They don't have the numbers to change the rules; and if they break the current rules they'll lose their jobs. So I'm not going to be referring any of my christian patients for psychiatric diagnosis anytime soon. If you think I'm a coward for not pointlessly throwing away my career, so be it.
Unfortunately that's just an appeal to popularity. That's a fallacy as you know. But I'll state it for those who don't know. The amount
of people who say something is true does not make it so. And that applies to experts just as well as any other group. I don't have to tell you how many groups of experts throughout history have been wrong, and this is just another example. Also, stating you wouldn't risk your career calling a Christian delusional does not make it right either. I understand why you wouldn't, but that doesn't make it right to not call them delusional. So I reject all the reasons you just listed.
The sole reason to call them delusional is if they met the definition of delusional, one that doesn't include the stupid get out of jail free card escape clause we've already discussed. The experts are wrong to include that escape clause and I'm in very good company saying that.
shouldn't you call Christians delusional in a group of your peers (not in your practice) here?
On a forum.
Where you won't get in trouble?
What's stopping you from doing it here?