If you missed This American Life over the weekend, the overall theme was “The Devil in Me.” It was about “people trying to exorcize their inner demons.”
The third act was worth hearing.
It features Dave Dickerson, who for a long while, was a member of a Charismatic Christian church (the faith healing, speaking-in-tongue types). He never saw an actual demon despite all the stories he’d heard from others. But he believed.
His last year of college, he took a class that was about the paranormal. The professor allowed believers in UFOs and psychic mediums to speak to the class as well as the naysayers.
It was the psychic medium who worried Dickerson. She would allow herself to get possessed? Then Satan would be talking to us, Dickerson thought.
He prayed to Jesus. A lot.
The medium came to class. She was “connected” to the spiritual world.
At one point, she began “channeling the spirit” of King David.
Now, Dickerson was excited. He was a Bible scholar, and King David was the supposed author of the Psalms, and Dickerson had a question he had always been meaning to ask him…
Listen to the story to find out what happens next
The relevant part begins at the 46:20 mark.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Bible, Christian, Fundamentalist, Pentacostal[/tags]