The Human Mind is Hardwired for Faith

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George

Contrary to what the left would have you believe, there is an ongoing war against religion in general and Christianity in particular. Under the guise of a twisted and corrupted interpretation of the 1st Amendment, Christianity has gradually been sequestered from the public square. 

The left’s strategy of attacking the public trappings of faith is merely a prerequisite to attacking the core of the faith as that faith increasingly becomes a focal point of resistance to popular culture, particularly the mainstreaming of sexual perversion and the official degradation of marriage.

To keep people in line, the Soviet Union defined political beliefs that went against communism as a mental illness which allowed them to isolate and imprison hundreds of thousands of the state’s enemies.  Do you truly believe that the same thing could not happen in the U.S.?  

Freud believed that religious beliefs were rooted in fantasy and illusion and could be responsible for the development of psychosis. His negative perspective was not based on systematic research or careful objective observation.  It was based on the personal opinions and clinical experience of powerful and influential people within the psychiatric academia, who had little experience with religion.

Richard Dawkins, in his book The God Delusion, wrote: “When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion, it is called religion.” The president of the American Atheists wrote that religion must be recognized as brainwashing.  Bill Maher stated that religion is a “neurological disorder.”  Sam Harris in The End of Faith wrote that it was “difficult to image a set of beliefs more suggestive of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our religious traditions.”

Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford suggested that “we may soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness.” Dr. Marlene Winell, a California psychologist and author of Leaving the Fold compares religion to post-traumatic stress disorder and coined the term religious trauma syndrome. 

This is in spite of the fact that studies conducted by UCLA, the University of Texas, Duke and Harvard proved that those who regularly attend church not only live longer but are more likely to have better mental health, stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, shorter hospital stays, and better outcomes from cancer, coronary disease, AIDS, and arthritis. 

Studies have also shown that the human mind is hardwired for faith. We have, as a species, evolved to believe, which is one crucial reason why believers are fully functioning human beings with all faculties intact.  

“Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be.” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

Source:  Religion: Looming Mental Health Crisis, Red State

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