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Discussion Group - Religious Fundamentalism as Mental Illness?

Kathleen Taylor at Oxford University has suggested that religious fundamentalism may soon be classed as a mental illness. See a report of this in Files under More at the top of the Meetup home page. Here is a link to a brief article with a video clip of her:

Afterwards some of us will continue the discussion and have dinner at El Arroyo on Wood Hollow - across the parking lot from the library.

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  • Ken

    Interesting ideas batted about. None of us were overtly "crazy" about the subject.

    October 10, 2013

  • Tony H.

    Maybe you need a bigger venue? This does sound pretty interesting...

    October 7, 2013

    • Steve B.

      I am tempted to open it up to everyone who wants to come, inasmuch as we typically have a significant number of no-shows. I'm thinking this topic is one that few will want to miss. I don't know the best answer.

      October 9, 2013

    • Jeff M.

      Why not? We can rotate seating and standing.

      1 · October 9, 2013

  • Norman

    For those interested in religion's impact on average people, if you have not seen this, it might help to understand the spread of religion as a disease.

    October 9, 2013

  • Landon S.

    Some of my best friends are fundamentalists, but would I want my daughter to marry one? Certainly not.
    I am not sure if fundamentalism is a mental illness, but I do believe it is a serious distortion of what Jesus, or Muhammad, or any other religious leader, actually taught.

    October 8, 2013

  • Raúl

    Just received confirmation of attendance. Thank God!

    October 8, 2013

    • Steve B.

      or thank Patrick - his cancellation put you in

      1 · October 8, 2013

  • Hank

    I've usually regarded fundamentalists as functionally illiterate;
    as in reading the Hebrew bible and calculating the age of the earth, without knowing how to read Hebrew.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was born into a fundamentalist family and haven't decided yet whether I'd call it a mental illness. I do know from experience that it can cause otherwise healthy people to become irrational, depressed, socially isolated, delusional, paranoid, psychopathic, heartless, passive, and disconnected from reality. But mental illness might be a bit too extreme.

    October 3, 2013

  • Norman

    In the late 60's I found Peter Berger's The Social Construction of Reality and Eric Hoffer's True Believer very enlightening.

    October 3, 2013

  • Mike

    I would like to attend, but I see there are no spots left. Please let me know if anyone cancels so I can sign up. Thanks.

    September 6, 2013

  • Ken

    Jesus! This is an interesting topic!

    August 17, 2013

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