It has always been said that if you are religious, you are deluded. But is that necessarily the case?
In the purest sense of being religious, i.e. someone who firmly believes there is a God (or any other supernatural presence)
then we could quite rightly label that person as being generally deluded.
1. characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.
The belief in God is certainly idiosyncratic and of course, such a belief is contradicted by reality or rational argument.
But, here's the catch. Most people who claim to be religious don't actually believe there is a God. For example, a recent census in Australia found that less than 14% of Roman Catholics regularly attend Church. In other words, it is reasonable to assume that most religious followers give their belief no more than lip service or simply follow the culture that goes with the religion.
So, is it fair to say then that those who earnestly believe in God are deluded?