What are we supposed to think when someone claims he’s getting important life-changing news in a dream or from an angel?

For some, the reaction is: Get the straitjacket ready.

Others, however, will turn to someone like Richard Dawkins, who says such experiences are a byproduct of our organic wiring, a demonstration, he writes in “The God Delusion,” of the “formidable power of the brain’s simulation software.” That’s all. Elsewhere, in “The End of Faith,” Sam Harris writes with obvious scorn that “it is demonstrative of mental illness to believe that [God] is communicating with you by having the rain tap in Morse code on your bedroom window.”

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