It's like the end of a marriage. Earlier this year, a Virginia judge ruled that seven conservative congregations that had split with the Episcopal Church must hand over almost everything they own, including their places of worship. "It's a tremendous loss," says one conservative parishioner.
Anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann studies the personal relationships evangelicals develop with God. In her book When God Talks Back, she explains how relationships with God are often cemented through the power of prayer.
On Sunday Christians all over the world will observe Easter Sunday with joy. But what is joy? Host Scott Simon talks with Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, contributing editor to America Magazine and author of Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of Spiritual Life.
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