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No One Left But God 

No One Left But God
No One Left But God

George Graham

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date: 12 July 2020

The main aim of this book is to distinguish delusional from non-delusional and otherwise healthy religiosity or spirituality. The chapter starts to explore the distinction between them. It has two parts. In the first, it examines three cases of religious believers, two of whom are delusional, while the third person is not. In the second part, the chapter outlines the whole book and introduces two of the book’s main proposals. One of these urges that debate over the nature of religious or spiritual delusion include moral or ethical norms and not just empirical or epistemic standards. The other proposes to characterize mental health and personal well-being in pragmatic or consequence orientated terms. Spirituality or religiosity, whether theistic or non-theistic, is not monolithic. There are different kinds and effects of spirituality and so also different errors and unmanageable distortions of personality and religious belief that are part of religious delusion.

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