Brother Sam on Speaking in Tongues

Brother Sam on Speaking in Tongues November 26, 2011

One of the cool things at Skepticon was a performance by Brother Sam, an “atheist evangelist” who put on a fake revival meeting. It was very funny and very accurate, which I can say because I’ve attended a few of them in my day. Here’s a clip from the show:


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  • Michael Heath

    Is this the guy who got the gelato guy peeved?

  • On the subject of speaking in tongues: does anybody know what tongue people speak in when they speak in tongues?

    My guess is that it’s the language of the Lost Tribe and all that gibberish translates as: “Where the hell are we!”

  • whheydt

    When my wife was a graduate student in Linguistics at UC Berkeley, she attended an ad hoc pentacostalist meeting where people were “speaking in tongues”. Her observation was that the gibberish they were putting out consisted entirely of nonsense sequences of *English* language phonemes, and nothing from any other languages.

    The formal term for “speaking in tongues” is “glossolalia”.

    Does that answer the question about what languages they speak?

    –W. H. Heydt

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