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I think religious people suffer from what I call "Situational topical mental illness". If the situation is the discussion of the topic of god, mental illness kicks in. Otherwise, they are rational in every other aspect of life.
Schizophrenics tend to have layered personalities and are usually very intelligent people at the core of themselves, mentally ill people usually have some difficulty processing certain parts of their abilities. People who believe in a religion or god seem to me to do so as a result of peer pressure, to either be accepted as part of a group or family unit , or to save themselves having to function as an individual and be scrutinized for having their own ideas.
Maybe....eventually religion might be all but wiped out. But being that religion, such as Christianity, has been around for a long, long time, it will probably take even longer for such religious talk to be considered "crazy talk".
Your question is not so easy to answer. Mental disorders are culturally defined, not innate. "Schizophrenia" isn't an illness that someone can "have." It's a label given to a collection of behaviors that is culturally abnormal and socially unacceptable. Often, people (even professionals) make the inference that there is a physiological "illness" that causes these culturally atypical behaviors, but this is not implied by the disorder. Technically, religious people should be classified as schizophrenic even today (at least if labeling someone schizophrenic is going to have any meaning), but since they live in a culture where these specific delusions are considered normal, and because they live in a culture that caters to their religious needs, they escape diagnosis.
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