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EP Today – Bad science, bad reporting or both?

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Today’s Top Tweet points to a story that either represents bad science, bad reporting or, as often happens, an unfortunate mix of the two. Here’s a quote that stood out for me:

The man then removed the wires from his head before taking off and marching around the hospital trying to recruit followers, saying ‘God has sent me to you’, convinced his creator had singled him out to bring redemption to fellow patients and medical staff.¹

Image – Twitter

So one man who believes he’s on a “mission” represents all the spiritual people who have ever lived? Cummon. Give me a break. This is so idiotic and overly-generalized that I can’t believe it would make any kind of news story.

For centuries sincere seekers and spiritual directors have been making distinctions between insanity, spiritual deception and bona fide sainthood. It’s a fine line for sure. And sometimes potential saints may go through an initial, confused period where they appear borderline, insane or neurologically impaired. But to lump all forms of spiritual phenomena into one category – or even to suggest that they are all the same – is ludicrous.

¹ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4301306/Epilepsy-cause-religious-experiences.html#ixzz4bCyZK8up

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3 thoughts on “EP Today – Bad science, bad reporting or both?

  1. We agree on this completely:

    ” …to lump all forms of spiritual phenomena into one category – or even to suggest that they are all the same – is ludicrous.”

    But, I don’t think that referring to those who have had “religious experiences” should be categorized with the word “saints.” I’m sure non-Catholic humans have had “religious experiences” – too.

    “And sometimes potential saints may go through an initial, confused period where they appear borderline, insane or neurologically impaired.”

    One day, it may be discovered that what religions claim as “religious experiences” and the medical field refers to as “epilepsy” – may not truly be either.

    There is another category.

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  2. And, one more thing on this topic which, admittedly, made me smile:

    Perhaps what you describe as “saints going through an initial, confused period” is actually a result of discovering something that defied all traditional teachings. Therefore, causing them to “lose it” for awhile.
    I can only imagine what that discovery would have been.
    Do you have any thoughts on what someone could learn (a “potential saint”) that would make them so temporarily unstable?

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