So far on this thread there have been several people stating that religion/christianity is not delusional. Due to this article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delusion
) Which defines it thus
A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. Unlike hallucinations, delusions are always pathological (the result of an illness or illness process). As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, confabulation, dogma, illusion, or other effects of perception.
Their argument is that religion isn't pathological therefore can't be delusional.(my emphasis)
We have all heard of meme's I expect.
Richard Dawkins mentions them in his book.
Meme's catch on in the mind either by being enforced or through simple want, but most come about via inculcation as far as I understand it. They spread quickly and efficiently, in other words just like a virus, a virus of the mind.
Religion is one such meme, as was, and is the communist ideology. Both are contagious ideas, are memetic parasites, and are viruses of the minds.
A mind virus, just like a normal virus, require an existing execution process, which will allow it the opportunity to infect and spread. Think of how a real-world virus infects the body - it is fairly passive until it reaches its target and begins reproduction. Just like the indoctrination process does.
However to the detriment of the recipient, when this pernicious mind-virus lodges itself into someone's brain, it can make: the nicest person, reject their own children, a priest abuse children, and good people start spouting hate, and that genocide, torture, and totalitarian tyranny do not merely become OK, they become the epitome of the Good.
Much in the same way a flu virus would cause your body to work against itself, the religious virus does it to the mind.
Some more books on the subject, if you’re interested.
Virus of the Mind - Richard Brodiehttp://www.amazon.com/Virus-Mind-New.../dp/0963600117http://www.memecentral.com/votm.htm
The God Virus - Darrel W Rayhttp://www.amazon.com/God-Virus-reli.../dp/0970950519http://www.vaguespace.net/blog/2010/...god-virus.htmlhttp://www.thegodvirus.net/
Viruses of the Mind - Richard Dawkinshttp://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi...-the-mind.html
Here's a lecture by Darrel W Ray if your interested.
In seven parts
No gentlemen religious meme's are pathological therefore religion is delusional. "Lest we forget our history".