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38 San Diego L. Rev. 973 (2001)
God Told Me to Kill: Religion or Delusion

handle is hein.journals/sanlr38 and id is 979 raw text is: God Told Me to Kill:
Religion or Delusion?
GRANT H. MORRIS*
ANSAR HAROUN, M.D.**
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.      INTRODUCTION    ................................................................................................... 974
1I.     DEFINING   RELIGION  ........................................................................................... 978
A.    Religion in the United States: Historical Development ............................ 978
B.    Religion and the Supreme Court .............................................................. 980
IR.     REGULATING THE CONDUCT OF RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS ....................................... 985
A.    Introduction .............................................................................................. 985
B.    Defining Religious Belief ......................................................................... 986
C.   Applying the Religious Belief Requirement to
Those Conmnanded by God to Kill ............................................................ 988
D.    Beyond Belief: Defining the Free Erercise of Religion ............................ 992
IV.     RELIGION AS DELUSION: DEIFIC DECREE AS INSANIT ........................................ 997
A.    Defining Insanity as the Inability to Distinguish
Good (Right)from Evil (Wrong) ............................................................... 997
B.    The Deific Decree Doctrine .................................................................... 1002
1.  Historical Development ................................................................... 1002
2.   The Doctrine Denounced and Defended .......................................... 1012
* Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law; Clinical Professor.
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. The
author would like to thank Mary Loeb for her invaluable research assistance. He would
also like to thank the University of San Diego for providing financial support to this
project.
**    Supervising   Forensic   Psychiatrist, San   Diego   Superior Court; Clinical
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine,
University of California, San Diego; Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego School
of Law.

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