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My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?

Nathaniel P.Morris
Scientific American
8 June 2007

Omnipotent God like living in North Korea. . .

I do not agree with Christopher Hitchen’s on the Iraq war, but he can be mercilessly funny and brutal in argument. Here he argues with an interviewer of right wing Fox news channel. I like the bit where he says if there really was an omnipotent God it would be like living in North Korea. . .

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