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?
There has been rumblings amongst some politicians about the “untransformed” Springbok rugby team. I am a firm believer in transformation in sport, but I am an even firmer believer in the firm torso of Bryan Habana and those long legs of JP Pietersen. Having them both on the field makes it worth watching the Springboks. May they both score tries tomorrow!
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