Religious paranoia

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Religious paranoia is an irrational fear of being purposefully attacked by an outside agent(s) in or through some religious context. Some examples:

  1. The fear that someone is going to steal your soul.
  2. The fear that demons are tempting you.
  3. The fear that cultists are plotting against you.
  4. The fear that God or Satan is out to get you.

It is a condition which has been compared to extremism and intolerance.[1] It has been cited as a possible contributor to political violence.[2][3] It is often related to splitting, psychological projection, a desire to maintain a sense of purity in situations of real or perceived persecution, and rigid and unchallengeable attitudes.[4]

In an alternate form of religious paranoia of a psychiatric nature, the patient can suffer from a permanent delusion of a primarily religious nature. He could, for example, believe that he is the messenger of God who has been sent to the world to propagate some religion.[1]

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  1. ^ Field F., J. (August 8, 1999). "China’s Religious Paranoia". National Catholic Register. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Presidential peril: Assassin Nation, Globe and Mail, May 31, 2008
  3. ^ Mustaffa, Ahmad; Manaf, Abdul (January 18, 2011). "Religious paranoia can wreak havoc if unchecked". The Star. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ The destructive power of religion: violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, J. Harold Ellens, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 ISBN 0-275-99708-1, ISBN 978-0-275-99708-3