When God Talks Back
Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
T. M. Luhrmann
Alfred A. Knopf, $28.95, 436 pp.
The historian Wilfred Cantwell Smith has noted that to believe in God used to mean putting faith and trust in a being who was assumed to exist, whereas now it means having the opinion that he exists. Meanwhile, it seems as though the divide between those who have that opinion and those who don’t is getting bigger all the time. Is there any way to make it smaller—to make religious belief more intelligible in a secular age?
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