The topic of Religious Addiction is debatable and not well understood, however my father was diagnosed with a stage of religious addiction. It took my family almost a year to find someone who would consider the possibility that he actually was addicted to the book of Revelation, end-time prophecy, and a literal interpretation to the Bible.
Here is one online source that describes the common symptoms of religious addiction:
However, religious addiction is not listed in the DSM IV. How much of society could have this? Could this just happen to fundamental Evangelicals? Or perhaps many people have a simple delusion that is worth classifying under a psychological disorder?
Please offer your thoughts! My father's obsession with religion has turned me from a simple atheist towards someone with little respect for religion at all akin to Christopher Hitchens. I don't see a problem with this, but if this is a psychological disorder should I be more supportive/understanding?
I wouldn't describe it as addiction. With the detachment from reality, it would seem more like some variety of schizophrenia. The DSM was largely written by drug lobbies. Many of the definitions are intentionally vague to encompass as broad a proportion of the population as possible.