Lilly Tomlin said that prayer is when you talk to God. Schizophrenia is when God talks back
Terri Gross interviews T. M. Luhrmann, author of When God Talks Back. The book is based on an anthropological study she did at The Vineyard, examining the personal relationships people developed with God and explores how those relationships were cemented through the practice of prayer.
It is always interesting when an anthropologist who is not a believer observes and comments upon the behaviors of those who say they are experiencing God. What is that supposed to look like anyway? This objectification of spiritual experience is always a strange thing to read about. The reality is that it looks like, well, human behavior that can have all kinds of natural explanations. What did the Apostle Paul look like when he was transported to the third heaven? What can the observer know?
An interesting interview, and for the Christian a worthwhile opportunity to reflect on our own experience.