I really become skeptical when someone says, "god spoke to me and told me to get a new Mercedes S600 (for example.)"
The question is: how does one know if a god speaks to him/her? Is it a molecular phenomenon or is it a symptom of schizophrenia?
In my study of the origin of consciousness in the development of the bicameral brain, and using Homer's Iliad as a source, I concluded that the gods of the ancient Greeks were real to them because the left side of the brain (the logical side) had not yet developed. The right side of the brain is the schizophrenic, romantic, and the dwelling place of hallucinosis and proclivity to violence.
As time progressed and times were unusually peaceful. and when Socrates, Plato, Aristotle came on the scene to place reason in the community whose left brains were developing, belief in the gods disappeared temporarily until the Hebrew, Muslim and Christian beliefs became widespread during times of great conflict and turmoil when the right sides of the brains were creatively activated for the purpose of survival. (During times of war, famine, pandemic disease human beings tend to become more "religious.")
I can understand, respect and appreciate Tulhaube's zeal for his beliefs. I perceive that he is young and therefore the right side of his brain is more active than the left side and like many so-called Christians is vulnerable to the institutional propaganda of the synagogue, church or mosque--propaganda that is supposed to give meaning to life, and perhaps does to some whose right brains will always be in control until they chill out on Xanax or Bud Light for example, or until they are institutionalized on the third floor of the local insane asylum.
Peace unto the multitudes!