Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: The Possible Medical Cause of the Conversion of St. Paul
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William James Maloney
St. Paul was an early Christian follower of Jesus. Paul was converted to
Christianity in what has become known as the Damascus Road experience. Prior to his
conversion Paul persecuted Christians. Seizures of temporal lobe epilepsy occur in
individuals of any age. Hallucinations of voice, people, smell, taste and music may
occur during a seizure. Some individuals experience temporal lobe epilepsy after
meningitis or a head injury. There is speculation that St. Paulʼs conversion was a result
of a temporal lobe epileptic seizure.
Body posture, bright light, Damascus, epilepsy, fear, hallucinations,
head injury, hypergraphia, hyperreligiosity, hyposexuality, meningitis, Saul,
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