Several decades ago, having studied more personality theories than I care to note, none of which
incidentally presented much of a corollary to the definitions presented in the Urantia book, I thought I
might propound a new theory among the 150, or so, already in existence and I would label it religio-
therapy - a therapy to reduce or in some measure ameliorate the effects of specific psychoneurotic
disorders. A therapy based on the inculcation of theories advanced in certain Christian ideals
promulgated by Jesus himself.

More recently, however, I’ve felt the necessity to set forth ideas relating to a recognizable but
suppressed aspect of religious behavior – the religious sociopath. Jesus called them religious
hypocrites, stating that they would not be the first into heaven, even though they were the leaders of
their religion (1893). Their behavior is specific to religion and the power sources derived from its
control. Any challenge to these religious charlatans generates public exposure to possible misdeeds
and always elicits questionable motives – motives that are not genuinely spiritual. Jesus found this to
be especially pervasive among the Sanhedrin in his day, but the same attitude is found throughout
religions manifesting throughout the world today. Their leaders are as pompous and arrogant as they
were 2000 years ago, relishing over their positions of leadership as they have since before the times
of Moses. The village Shaman has always held the power, but never have they had anything more
than transient control over the villagers. Not so today. Of the several concepts of the Kingdom of
Heaven, the one most unrealized by humanity is the concept of the Kingdom within. The Shaman
(spiritual leader) is within – we have our own spiritual resources dormant within our own minds, but
fail to recognize its existence. The thought adjuster is patiently awaiting our arrival into these
unchartered domains.

Religious control over others, unless tempered with selfless love, merely constitutes religious power
over the group, offering no significance apart from a teacher status and/or accepted leadership
position of one who desires to rule the group. If this leadership position enables one to exercise
power and control for selfish purposes the motive can be considered to be religiously sociopathic.  
We are all now familiar with Jim Jones and David Koresh, two prime examples of the religious
sociopath, not to mention Charles Manson. But unfortunately many are far more subtle than the
aforementioned. The above are recognized as sociopathic even apart from their respective religious
positions.

We are all familiar with the Evangelists Elmer Gantry, Jim and Tammy Baker, Benny Hinn and dozens
of others, and while these scripture evangelists do little to truly advance real Christianity, and are
considered to be on the fringe of this world of social-pathology, it is Islamic Fundamentalism with its
antithetical structure to Christianity that shares the modern position of religious hatred with the past
ideology of the Sanhedrin during the times of Jesus. Islam today is no better than the most perverse
religious element during the times of Jesus (the Sanhedrin) which was so egregious in Jerusalem that
when they voted unanimously for the eradication of Jesus, 14 members summarily resigned, never to
sit in council with that organization again. And when the resignations were actually acted upon, five
others were then summarily rejected for having favorable leanings towards the
THE RELIGIOUS SOCIOPATH