This happened in history, not in the mind.
They are right about Islam, because the 72 virgins can only live in one's head.
You KNOW.....the MIRACLE of CHRIST'S ASCENSION is just buggin' them to .death! .pun intended
Sad thing is Christ DIED on the CROSS for THEM, too!
They'll NEVER GET IT.... so sad.......just so sad....
That's OK, though....more room in Heaven for the rest of US!!!
You KNOW..... Heaven will be FILLED with FREEPERS!!!!
WAY TOOOOOO KEEEWWL!!!!
Granted that I've retired from debates on religion because they're a waste of time - but I'm always curious about things like this because I wonder if people believe that Jesus is sitting in the lower stratosphere as we speak.
As for the article - it should be self-evident that the experience of religion is a neurological rather than a supernatural phenomenon - a gazillion different religions with incompatible and contradictory theologies all show up as the same subjective experience would point to religion as tapping into some sort of common brain structure. Or if you wanted to shoehorn some supernatural explanation - God doesn't care what you believe about him - it's all good.
As for the cause, obviously people will differ - my thought is that it's an artifact of some other basic brain function or some property of neural networks that cults [the general term for an organized body of belief and ritual] have evolved to exploit.