MRB Interviews Tanya Luhrmann

[VIDEO] Tanya Luhrmann on the American Evangelical relationship with God

Stanford psychological anthropologist, Tanya Luhrmann, won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. The Grawemeyer Award in Religion is one of the most prestigious prizes for authors of books on the topic of religion and is awarded each year by the University of Louisville and Louisville Seminary. MRB managing editor, Charles Halton, spoke with Dr. Luhrmann in mid-April on the campus of Louisville Seminary about her ethnographic study of the American Evangelical relationship with God, the Vineyard Fellowship, the physiological benefits of prayer, how prayer makes sense within a secular culture, and some reasons why conservative forms of Christianity have been more successful in North America than liberal ones.

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Special thanks to Chris Wooton and the Louisville Seminary for facilitating this interview.

See also the MRB interview of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award winner, Leila Ahmed.