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Pope Francis:Religious Fundamentalism is Blind to Reality. Me: It's Delusional.

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So is every believer mentally ill? Only if we claim that an unwillingness to think in abstract terms is a mental illness.

This unwillingness manifests in their need to adhere to the concrete black and white of moral absolutism. By placing people and behaviors into predetermined moral slots the world becomes more understandable and therefore more manageable.

The majority of other believers are   sane and sincere, grounded in our shared reality,   who understand their mythologies of origin are parable stories designed to teach the early illiterate adherents important moral lessons.

We ignore fundamentalists at our own peril. Well organized and funded, they present a strong regressive political presence in America today.

Look up the term Christian Dominionism and beware the theocratic state, for which they yearn.  

Robert De Filippis  

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Great line, though it could have downsides, as in... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:36:15 PM
" able to treat religious fundamentalism and... by BFalcon on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:06:02 AM
Agree, and the idea of medicalizing or criminalizi... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 1:32:59 PM
"It is not a good strategy to be at the cent... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 2:00:55 PM
Pope Francis is an incredible Pluralist; i.e., one... by Mike Ghouse on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:03:46 PM
I suddenly begin to think of times when the Holy R... by Pal Palsimon on Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 8:04:10 PM
I loved this text.  Right on the subject. Pe... by Peter Niniart on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:16:55 PM
Good article. Unfortunately "religious" is not t... by Derryl Hermanutz on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:22:44 PM
Good observations, Derryl -I am hopeful of a revi... by manifesto 2000 on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 5:48:22 PM
Remember the USSR? Dissidents were placed in menta... by Karl Huber on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:32:56 PM
  Pope Francis and predecessors are not blind... by Howard Lewis on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 8:08:06 PM
This to me feels uneasy. I think it will be hard t... by anna kakol on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 8:15:33 PM
Actually religious moderates enable the delusions... by Marilyn LaCourt on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:27:51 PM
Pope Francis is a joke. He's been hired by the va... by Marilyn LaCourt on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 8:58:27 PM