I'm glad this thread was posted, although I'm not really sure why I didn't notice it before.
I've always had somewhat of a bias against this, & am still somewhat skeptical sometimes. Back when I went to GUTS church, in my teens, they would try to force this as sort of a requirement.
I don't go to that church now for reasons obvious to anyone who might know anything about it, but my partner does this, probably a couple times a day. Short prayers, not shouting, but still tounges I guess. I've never felt any need to throw all my linguistic skills to the wind to pray, but I really doubt he's someone who would fake it, much less when there is no one around. Doesn't push it on me.
That being said, after seeing the scans & some things that have been said here, I wonder about something. Every once in a while he says something that I know is exactly the same phrase. Not any language I know, but I pick up little linguistic things, & recognize that phrase enough to say it myself, although I don't know what it means. So I wonder if you make a habit of this, does your brain start to learn the language automatically? I've heard other people who probably aren't insincere do it. A lot of it sounds similar. Whatever it is, I'm inclined to think there is somewhat of a pattern, like any language. Maybe it's not gibberish after all.
If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Last edited by Britt.; 03-28-2007 at 12:58 PM.