Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 33–46 | Cite as

Neurology, psychology, and extraordinary religious experiences

  • Daniel A. Helminiak


Temporal lobe epilepsy and certain personality disorders often result in experiences described as “religious.” TLE research suggests a possible neurological basis for such experiences. Immediately the question arises about the authenticity of these experiences as religious. An experience is authentic if it furthers the authentic growth of the subject, regardless of what triggered it. So pathology may occasion authentic religious experiences, even as history exemplifies. For practical purposes, the further question about God in religious experience is secondary. The exception, miraculous occurrences, should not be granted without sufficient reason. This approach dissolves all conflict between science and faith.


Temporal Lobe Practical Purpose Personality Disorder Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Religious Experience 
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