Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Religion, As Disease: that's R.A.D.

So I was watching House. For those of you who don't know, House is a show on Fox about a medical genius named... well... House. He's kind of cynical, with a rational and thoughtful, and yet forlorn approach to life. Basically, we see him and his team of doctors take unsolvable cases each Tuesday night at 9 Eastern. The plot is rather repeptitive, what with ever Tuesday someone coming in sick, and then leaving healed, but House's witty quips and viewpoints keep the show flowing, if not smoothly, then without excessive halting. Oh, also, House is an atheist.

So, in today's show, the dyeing patient is a 15 year old faith healer, who somehow has the impression that he is the voice of God. Throughout the show, he blinds those around him with deep, thoughtful insights and breathtaking healings. But, eventually, House confronts him about his beliefs, and reveals step by step how he has fooled everyone into believing he has some powers, when in fact he is just a fraud. Eventually, the kid says "Yes, but I have faith in God," and walks away. How frustrating.

But the point is, just before death, House discovers the kid's illness. He apparently has a combination of Syphilis, Herpes, and a brain tumor. Only in House, right? The STD's are of a special form that attack tumors first, instead of the body, which explains how the patient he "healed" experienced a shrinking of her fatal tumor, though only temporary. The brain tumor, though, that causes delusions, and voices. Since the age of 10 (when he developed the tumor) this kid has been hearing voices he thinks are the voices of God, but they're really just a fatal disease!

Wouldn't it be so great if everyone who believes in God just admitted what they actually have is a horrible mental disease and went and got fixed? Eh? Eh? Well, I can dream.


At 4/30/2006 5:24 PM, Blogger Enil Edam said...

Don't be stupid Aeger.

Believing in God is not a mental disease. Regardless of whether you believe in God or not doesn't give you the right to say that you (and by extension, atheists) are the only undillusioned people in the world.

Actually, the episode was interesting also because House starts doubting his atheism. That for me, was the more interesting piece.

At 4/30/2006 5:33 PM, Blogger Aeger said...

Apparently you have trouble identifying a joke.

At 4/30/2006 5:37 PM, Blogger Enil Edam said...

You can't tell if you're joking.

Because for all I know, that might be your actual opinion. It's not unheard of to think that theists are stupid.

Actually, it's been said on this blog multiple times.

At 4/30/2006 5:45 PM, Blogger Aeger said...

I have written a post regarding your comment, as I think it is relevant, I shall be posting it shortly.


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