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Oh, my God

Anthropologist T. M. Luhrmann examines His presence for those who believe - and those who don’t

By Jeff Sharlet
April 8, 2012
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For whom is this evocative, often brilliant, curiously polite book written? The title, when God talks back, with its insistently humble lowercasing and its promise of a conversation, was sufficient to provoke my seatmate on a recent flight to make several attempts at establishing Christian fellowship with me, so certain was he that the book was a how-to for hearing such divine replies.

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WHEN GOD TALKS BACK: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God By T. M. Luhrmann

Knopf, 434 pp., $28.95