What if the divine revelations of Christianity, Islam and Judaism are explainable in terms of Temporal Lobe Epileptic seizures?
What if the “presence of God” experienced by prophets, seers, shamen, and holy people can be accounted for by a specific diagnosable form of brain abnormality, such as Temporal Lobe Epilepsy? Could it be that when believers speak of being “touched” by the Holy Spirit, or otherwise having personal knowledge of God, that what they are really experiencing is the result of a stroke or seizure? (Please see at least one link.)
The prophet Mohammad, for example, recorded his physical and mental states as he took “dictation” from God that now look, in modern retrospect, very much like Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.
St. Paul also appears to have had a seizure on his way to Damascus.
Could it be that “divine revelations” are the actually the result of the individual’s conscious and subconscious attempts to make sense these experiences? Could it be that the content of revealed religions evolves over time by through the interpretation and reinterpretation of existing mythology, personal delusions, and brain events such as these special kinds of seizures?
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