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God Talk

T.M. Luhrmann

Stanford anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann discusses the social science behind the evangelical relationship with God.

Elaina Ramsey is the Women & Girls Campaign Director and chair of the Diversity Task Force at Sojourners.

Anthropology of Communion with God

Praying image via Shutterstock

Praying image via Shutterstock

The image of an actively communicating God resonates with many people that T.M. Luhrmann interacted with on her anthropological study at a Vineyard Church in Chicago, and which is accounted in her new book When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.

Today she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that as an anthropologist, she doesn’t feel qualified to say when God is or isn’t speaking to people, but that “[she] can say something about the social, cultural and psychological features of what that person is experiencing.”    

In the NPR piece, she talks about the fascinating ways American evangelicals experience God.

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