Why tongues?

T. M. Luhrmann, who wrote the fascinating When God Talks Back, speaks again about speaking in tongues. Among the points:

As a technique, tongues capture the attention but focus it on something meaningless (but understood by the speaker to be divine). So it is like meditation — but without the monkey mind.

I’m not sure everyone will find this argument commends the practice. But I appreciate the attempt to get underneath the practice and figure out what might be going on.

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