Kindling God: How People Experience the Divine "Lecture 3: Local Theory of Mind"
Local Theory of Mind: Why the Same God Is Experienced Differently in Different Parts of the World
This lecture presents work based on detailed interviews and short ethnography in new charismatic churches in Accra, Ghana and Chennai, India. Luhrmann finds that these congregants seem to have different patterns of intense spiritual experience and to represent God in somewhat different ways. She argues that this is not due to theological differences but to different ways of thinking about thinking and different emphases in attending to mental events. Luhrmann calls these different local theories of mind. She finds that American hyper-awareness of mind leads Americans to be more cautious in identifying supernatural presence. Attendees will be able to (1) articulate the role of different local theories of mind in shaping spiritual experience and (2) identify stability and difference in religious experience in three different cultures.
Respondent: Amos Yong, PhD, Professor of Theology and Mission
Integration Symposium Session 3_final.mp3
Travis Auditorium, Fuller Theological Seminary
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Fuller Theological Seminary and Luhrmann, Tanya, "Kindling God: How People Experience the Divine "Lecture 3: Local Theory of Mind"" (2016). Integration Symposium. 6.