God Talk

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December 27, 2015

Some people talk to God and some think God talks to them. But what one person calls mysticism, another might call mental illness. We examine a range of spiritual experiences - from hearing voices to prayer and conversations with God. Also, David Steindl-Rast reflects on life as a Benedictine monk.


"To The Best Of Our Knowledge" producer and interviewer Charles Monroe-Kane started hearing voices when he was a child. He became a child preacher once he thought God was talking to him. 


When evangelical Christians say they talk to God, what do they mean? Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann wanted to find out.


Margery Kempe was one of the world's most famous Christian mystics — a medieval pilgrim with a penchant for uncontrollable sobbing. 


"Religion always starts with mysticism," says David Steindl-Rast. Now 89, he's been a Benedictine monk since 1953. 


Getting a good night's sleep is hard for a lot of people, but imagine trying to drift off when you have terrifying hallucinations.

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