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Thinking with spirits

During my first visit to Ghana in 1998, I was involved in a research project that looked at possible co-operations between healers and psychiatric clinics. I stayed in the healing camp of Prophet Abbam II, who was known in the area to heal patients with mental health problems. My presence at his healing church attracted many visitors, who kindly brought …

Books

Book review: Tanya Luhrmann’s When God Talks Back

When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God

by T. M. Luhrmann

Random House, 2012

464 pp, US$28.95 hardcover, US$15.95 paperback

 

How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals?  How are rational, sensible people of faith able to experience the presence of a powerful yet invisible being, and sustain the belief in an environment …