‘Religious Schizophrenia’

A evolutionary biologist and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins, once lucidly pointed out that many religious beliefs would constitute signs of mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia) if these were not cloaked in the drapes of divinity.
Take a supernatural belief rooted in religious doctrine, and call it divine “fact” X. If it is part of a person’s religious narrative, it constitutes a belief that must be respected, and for one particular religion, one should not even criticize openly any of its belief system. However, if an individual held the same belief X, without it being part of a religious narrative, the individual holding this belief would be met with derision (if not concern for his/her mental wellbeing). This has been the bane of today’s religion which Bonano will term as ‘Religious Schizophrenia’!
If Bonano would push Dawkins’s argument further. Take a given divine “fact” X held by members of some religion. Most individuals who are not part of the religion in question will typically view the belief as outlandish Hence, a belief that would otherwise be considered a sign of mental illness is perfectly “logical” when it applies to one’s religion, and is considered as mental disorder when it does not apply to one’s religion!Lest some readers misinterpret my position, let me be clear, I am not suggesting that religious believers are “crazy” or that they suffer from mental illness. I am merely pointing out that the same belief is either sacred or a sign of mental illness depending on the context in which it is believed.
The teaser image that I have chosen for this post makes roughly the same point. Certain religious denomination belief and sees nothing wrong in the baptism of infants where godfather stand in responses to questions posed to the infant, whereas other religious denomination consider this approach as an aberration and a complete misnormal to religion, rather they upheld the view of baptism by emersion and of persons that has attained reasonable age, yet the pivotal point of belief is baptism!
One of the things I always find striking after a major natural disaster such as earthquakes, flood disaster, collapsed building or other infrastructures, is how religious believers and non-believers quickly reach diametrically opposing conclusions about the implications of the disaster. For non-believers, natural disasters are evidence that God does not exist, for what kind of benevolent, just or omnipotent figure would cause wanton harm to so many thousands of innocent people?
Invariably, however, believers usually experience a strengthening in their faith after a disaster. There may be a time of questioning, and some believers may see their faith shaken deeply, but for most, tragedy brings greater commitment to religious faith, not less.
In other climes, suffering may cause religious believers to believe even more strongly in God than they did before, because our minds are designed to seek explanations for the phenomena we see around us. When we hear a crashing sound, we expect to see a falling tree, for example. When phenomena are both unexpected and unexplainable, such as the suffering wrought by an earthquake, religious believers conclude the only agent who can cause such an event to occur must be God. This does not have to be a conscious deduction; it could well be an unconscious algorithm in the hidden brain.
Non-believers may think that finding evidence of unconscious mental mechanisms that strengthen faith in God after a disaster means that faith is “only” in people’s heads, believers, of course, feel that a God who created the human mind would design it to behave in precisely such a way. The marvelous thing here is the endless complexity of the human mind. One interesting question Bonano will ask is, whether those religious orders that regularly place believers in harm’s way, sending missionaries, religious crusaders and evangelists to dangerous places or asking followers to decline medical treatment, for example, do so because at some conscious or unconscious level they recognize that increasing suffering also increases faith.
Is this not an act of ‘religious schizophrenia’? What do you think?