For awhile I have thought that:
Religions are mental syndromes consisting of bizarre, typically but not always inherited, maladaptive, abusive, time-wasting obsessions and compulsions, which people feel compelled to obsessive over, believe in, do, learn about, teach to other people, and spend money on, in order to avoid feeling too guilty about themselves due to the possibility of not obsessing over, doing, believing in, learning about, teaching to other people, and spending money on, the things they were taught that they have to obsess over, believe in, practice, learn about, teach to other people, and spend money on.
I can explain this in more detail. I thought of this, so it is copyrighted to me.
Another thing: religions start in the brains of people who are schizophrenic, extremely obsessive-compulsive, and have good charismatic leadership qualities. I got this idea from Robert Spolsky, except that he calls these people schizotypel, which he uses to mean only partially schizophrenic, but for now I will call them schizophrenic.
I call it a socially acceptable mental disorder.
Sad that genocide is socially acceptable.
It's probably the other way around.
Probably schizophrenic tendencies result from human characteristics that evolved to accommodate religious belief.
Almost all cultures have had a religion. The tendency to be religious probably evolved because it was adaptive - it provided group cohesion, enabled a group of people to survive better.
Visionary tendencies, voices from the sky etc. could create the legal system of a society. As in the Ten Commandments.
The tendency to be religious evolved in human society. Probably because it was useful for the survival of a group.
I don't agree that religion can be useful for the survival of a group. Maybe religion is useful to the survival of a group if one group is going to kill a second group unless the second group converts to the first group's religion? Religion is completely maladaptive and there is not one speck of good in it. Religion does not evolve in society. It evolves in a few bat sh-t crazy individuals, who then brainwash other people into their religion.
Theism is not a mental disorder.....That is like saying that most of your acquaintances and family members are mentally disturbed.....I would like to think that Theism is probably the largest Cult ever in the history of mankind......Humans are inoculated with a religion starting from birth so religion is all they know of.....However once a child becomes educated and takes advantage of all the wonderful knowledge that exists ( the internet today is amazing for this) the child can decide for his or her self what makes sense.....The child can then deprogram from the cult, we call religion, and have a more complete life of Rational Thinking....