Ride the snake

Great NPR piece on the rise of Pentecostalism, particularly these crazy Canadians. The report isn’t as skeptical as it could be, but the retort from a scholar who likens the phenomenon of “holy laughter” to mass hypnosis is probably close to the mark.

Sometimes, I wish I could believe in a religion like this, where all I have to do to get out of my head is go to church and have what sounds like an LSD trip minus the legal problems and future flashbacks. But I think it’s another case of us trying to turn God into what we want God to be — a drug trip, a manipulator who ensures that everything happens for a reason, an imaginary friend, etc. Life’s not that easy.

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