This lecture presents work based on detailed interviews and short ethnography in new charismatic churches in Accra, Ghana, and Chennai, India. Luhrmann finds that these congregants seem to have different patterns of intense spiritual experience and to represent God in somewhat different ways.
She argues that this is not due to the theological differences but to different ways of thinking about thinking and different emphases in attending to mental events. Luhrmann calls these different local theories of mind. She finds that American hyper-awareness of mind leads Americans to be more cautious in identifying supernatural presence.