Steve G wrote
As a believer I'd like to offer a word of gratitude as well. I am no PHD, nor an expert in mental health. I have however, on a few occassions honestly tried to go through all the stuff Cal presents and engage/challenge him on some of his definitions and assumptions (I've appreciatively watched a few others take a stab at it as well-most notably benjaminbp18). The usual result is to be asked if I have Ďbumped my headí.
I think it's pretty easy to see (with minimal research and a dictionary) that he is off base. Often times, even some of the links he provides seem to be saying something different from what he claims they do. But lacking your expertise, and lacking the time to do more in depth research, I have been unable to nail him down as you have.
The really disturbing trend I've seen here is that indeed, as you mention, it seems that more and more people in the forums are picking up his terminology of 'christ-psychotics' and using it as if it's legitimate. I canít put my finger on why, but itís actually a bit unsettling, if not downright frightening. I feel like more and more people here are seeing believers as Ďthemí, instead of as real people.
Itís so wonderful to see an intelligent, honest person such as yourself put forth so much effort to address this. Itís a credit to the group of atheists here that one from among your own ranks has taken this up.
Many Thanks from here as well!
Thank you Steve G. Like I said all support very gratefully received. It's always nice to be appreciated - regardless of any perceived "camp" the gratitude comes from, and it does lift one's spirits so.
Steve G I agree with you I think it can be dangerous to view theists as THEM
!, but unfortunately that is how the human mind works when it comes to group psychology.
With regard to Cal's laughable terminology ("christ-psychosis"), when I am in a less serious mood (like right now) I propose the use of a similarly ridiculous repost. For when the occasion arises and logical reasoning breaks down with Cal and his followers, I move for Cal to be nominated as the founding member of the Crazy, Ranting, Apocryphal, Preposterous (CRAP) Psycho-babble Church of Crazy Cal
and hence forth the era shall now be know as BC (Babbling Cal). :P
What do people think?
Of course I shall continue my quest to re-educate and correct as much as I can, but I envisage this to be a long and arduous endevour necessitating some light relief at times of immense frustration.
N.B. on a more serious I am always available for any questions, from theists and atheists alike about mental health / illness, psychology, psychiatry and neurology and I shall do my best to answer them as fully and truthfully as I can.
Happy hunting for the truth. :)