Re: Is the belief in the Christian God a delusion?
The DSM-IV describes a mental disorder of group delusion.
A bunch of people wasting their precious Sundays gathering to support each other in such a delusion, is sad behavior, but is it harmful?
Aside from Hawkins' claim that those who believe in Armageddon, even wish for it, are potentially harmful to the world, which puts those types in the same class of the mentally ill as suicide bombers, I think,-- is, believing something as absurd as the virgin birth or people coming back to life after being mutilated to death, harmful to that person, alone?
I think, yes, that such beliefs cause a schism in self and world concept--leading to, a profound, insecurity and a dependence on the body of persons (Christian organizations which advocate such delusions) to substitute for a missing, well formed identity, and a lack of confidence and individualism needed for mental health.