William Briggs has a disturbing article here exposing that academics increasingly view Christianity as mental illness. (Nothing new here - Paul the apostle was accused of insanity 2000 years ago by Porcius Festus, procurator of Judea [Acts 26:24].) The author warns that academics often,
make a place for religion, but only religion drained of the transcendent. They deride “variants of Christianity” that are “literal,” have “a view that humans need salvation, and a focus on the spiritual world as superior to the natural world.” But the authors applaud sects that have thrown off all this superstitious stuff, namely “liberal, progressive Christian churches with a humanistic viewpoint, a focus on the present, and social justice.”
Academics also often assert that,
... children are “indoctrinated” or are “targeted for indoctrination” to religions. “Christian teachings that sound true when they are embedded in the child’s mind at this tender age can feel true for a lifetime” [emphasis original]. They say, with evident disapproval, “To date, parents are afforded the right to teach their own children whatever doctrines they like.” That “to date” speaks volumes. They say if left alone and unbothered with the supernatural, children’s “amazing capabilities” will “emerge with the right conditions like a beautiful flower in a well-attended garden.” Purple flowers, doubtless.
.... In Bible-believing Christianity, psychological mind-control mechanisms are coupled with beliefs from the Iron Age, including the belief that women and children are possessions of men, that children who are not hit become spoiled, that each of us is born ‘utterly depraved’, and that a supernatural being demands unquestioning obedience.
... humanity has been going through a massive shift for centuries, transitioning from a supernatural view of a world dominated by forces of good and evil to a natural understanding of the universe.
As we already see frequently happening in the culture, there is outspoken advocacy for a removal of orthodox religion from the public square. Briggs properly warns us that,
Given current trends, they might just get their wish. In the mean time, they might want to visit North Korea or the killing fields of Pol Pot, or the gulags of the former Soviet Union. These were all led by new men cured of the transcendent.