Talk across the U.S. this week has highlighted American religious relationships – whether it’s banning certain forms of contraception or excommunicating an advocate for women priests, the conversation has centered on how humans interpret what they say are God’s commands.
How do we tell when God is talking to us? This week the Peninsula Report is returning to a story about when God Talks Back, first broadcast in 2012.
Tanya Luhrmann is a Professor in the Anthropology Department here at Stanford University. She’s also a writer who studies the way people experience God and the supernatural, in the United States and abroad. Sometimes, when you hear God’s words you h ave a psychiatric illness. Other times, you’re just a member of a local evangelical community, right here in Palo Alto.
She visited the Peninsula Report to talk about her recent book, When God Talks Back, and to describe her experience of joining the Vineyard Church in Palo Alto. She joined the congregation of a charismatic, evangelical faith group, one where people experience a profoundly real, and audible, higher power.
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