Monotheism Is A Result Of Mental Illness

I have thought this for some time, but explaining how aunt Betty has mental issues because she goes to church is not exactly easy. Two blog posts this week have made it slightly easier.
Both posts were by “The Gospel According To The Romans”  If  you’re interested in Biblical history and context, this is the blog for you. I certainly enjoy it. This week there are two posts that I’d like to draw your attention to:

 

Epilepsy and the Origins of Monotheism  and The Church Of England Suggests Jesus Had Mental Problems

 

I’m not going to write a post of authority on such matters but I dearly love reading words from those who have investigated such matters. I think these posts go together and form a basis for the argument that is the title of this post.

What are your thoughts on this theory?

 

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    • J_Agathokles
    • September 19th, 2012

    Zoroastrianism arose independently from Atenism, and earlier I believe. So unless Zarathustra also had mental problems the theory doesn’t hold up.

    • Well, despite some ‘discussion’ as to what the actual identity was, at the time of Zoroaster in that part of the world, it was apparently quite common/popular to partake of narcotics. Given that this situation is likely, I’m happy to say that it would sufficiently stand in for disease for this theory. Disease or drug induced hallucinations and delusion are sufficient to explain the origins of monotheism.

    • Diztracshon
    • September 24th, 2012

    I think it is quite possible that Jesus was insane, but he didn’t start anything, it was his marketing department that got christianity started, and likely they weren’t insane. Or no more insane than most.

    • I don’t know. Saul of Tarsus has a lot going for him in the area of mental illness. His conversion story for a start and then the rest. It’s quite probable that he was ill. Apparently such people were quite convincing back then.

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