I am a young student interested in things like consciousness, neuroscience, and alot of other things. Because of this, I like to read articles (mostly popular, because I'm not educated enough to actually read neuroscience journals) that claim to find connections between parts of the brain and things like language, religion, and other very common phenomena. I'm extremely interested in the evolution of parts of the brain which appear (according to some neuroscientists) to hold the key to answering questions like:
Why do people believe that there would ever be supernatural beings?
Why affect does prayer have on health and happiness in people?
Where does morality come from (in the context of religious architectures)?
What value does having religion in a community bring in ancient/pre-historic times vs. current?
When I was younger, I was a Christian. Not just a regular Christian, but a Bible-thumping, praying ten times a day, memorizing scripture, evangelical. That was from about birth to 9th grade. I went to private Christian schools or I was homeschooled (which had a heavy Bible flavour curriculum). I most certainly felt as though I was part of something. Something magnificant that seemed to explain any question I could ever think of - Why was I alive, where do I go when I die, why should I be a good person, etc ...
The question I have for you folks, is based off of an experience I had when I was a young zealot for Jesus Christ --
It was the middle of the night, and my mom and I were praying before we went to sleep. I suddenly had a very intense urge to begin talking -- but what came out wasn't English, it was later described to me that I was speaking in "tongues" and that it was supposed to be the language of God. I had seen it in my church once or twice before during some very heated ceremonies (one older lady was particularly known for speaking in tongues and delivering messages from God).
From this, your average skeptic will have several immediate questions/explainations, and I want to know what you guys have to say about any of it:
You were probably just a kid that felt like he was fitting in by saying jibberish for five minutes.
Was it similar to something you saw on the Spanish TV station or something?
You had a brain seizure that went unreported.
etc, etc ...