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PostSubject: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Sun May 25, 2014 9:19 pm

According to Wikipedia, a 2012 paper suggested that characters from the Bible such as Abraham, Moses, Jesus & others may have had a history of grandiose delusions caused by schizophrenia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandiose_delusions#Schizophrenia
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Mon May 26, 2014 12:43 am

One whole point of religion in general is losing contact with reality.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Mon May 26, 2014 3:30 pm

As a theology nut, I'd be quite interested in reading that paper...I'm curious to know if it was a legit study from an actual academic source or just the Tumblr musings of a fedora-topped basement dweller between 'My Little Pony' fanfics.

Still, any independent research into profiling the mental health of persons who lived thousands of years ago based entirely on largely incomplete and unverified text which has been countlessly re-translated and re-worded throughout history shouldn't be taken with anything more than a grain of salt.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Wed May 28, 2014 12:26 am

Pot & kettle, Wikipedia. Pot & kettle.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:25 pm

Skibz wrote:
As a theology nut
Theology or anthropology? Big difference there.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:33 pm

I reject all religions. They are all man-made.
I only follow Nicolas Cage, the one true god.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:41 pm

jaltesorensen wrote:

I only follow Nicolas Cage, the one true god.
That man's a national treasure.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:00 am

If they heard voices in their heads telling them to do things, and God didn't do it... yeah, some kind of psychosis would be my guess.

Or they were simply making shit up. It happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:19 am

Tetsuryu wrote:
Skibz wrote:
As a theology nut
Theology or anthropology? Big difference there.
Both, I guess. I used "theology" as an umbrella term, but I'm fascinated by pretty much any facet of Christianity: theology, anthropology, philosophy, history, sociology, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:14 am

They are saying the same thing in the upcoming Christian Bale movie "Exodus".
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christian-bale-calls-moses-barbaric-743874
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PostSubject: Re: Wikipedia says that Bible characters are schizos.   Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:55 am

Makes me wonder why he signed up for the project at all if he holds the subject/character in such contempt...the biblical Moses was impulsive and hot-tempered (Heston's depiction in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS isn't that far off, despite the movie being ridiculous in other ways), and the Bible does illustrate these as flaws. If we read Exodus with the assumption that God is real, (one of) the moral(s) is that you don't have to be a perfect person to accomplish great things, God can still work through you (there's a lot of examples of this - King David, Jonah, St. Peter, Mary Magdalen etc.) On the assumption that God isn't real, Moses may have been schizophrenic, or, more likely, he used superstition and sometimes violence to keep the people he was leading in line. He was in charge of a massive tribe of people who had been enslaved and, prior to that, nomadic and was faced with the monumental task of making them an organized, self-contained culture. (Not that that justifies everything he did, just providing some context.)
Bale's comments make it sound like his performance isn't going to have much nuance. I don't know if I'll go see it or not, I suspect I'd be better off staying home and re-watching THE PRINCE OF EGYPT.
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