Approximately 41% of Americans go to church on a weekly basis, and a whopping 60% have stated that they at least attend church periodically and/or believe in God. But what if religious belief in itself is actually a form of delusion? What if believing an afterlife and God’s existence without any quantifiable proof could be considered a mental disorder? Listen in as we explore the psychological side of religion, while answering questions such as, “when did the founders of famous religions go from being considered a little wacky to being idols (I’m talking about Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard, and even Jesus Christ)?”, "is faith in a higher power in itself delusional?,” '' are there any psychological benefits to going to church and being a member of a religious community?, and “when does religious belief go too far?” It’s an episode that you won’t want to miss!
Slam Poem: “Your God” by Rudy Francisco (11:04-13:30)
Commercial Break Media: “Why Religious Beliefs Aren’t Just Silly” by School of Life (27:49-30:50)
Also featuring clips from Family Guy (S13E9; S12E18), South Park (S7E12; S16E1), Robot Chicken, ABC News, Sarah Silverman’s “Religion Is Crazy” sketch (2015), Eddie Izzard’s “the Origin of Christianity” sketch from Circle (2000), and Family Feud.
If you or a loved one are suffering from feelings of self-harm or suicide, there is a place for you; the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (available 24/7) at 1-800-273-8255 or by texting “HOME” to 741-741 if you live in the United States.