God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States
Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA), 1. júl. 2014 - 256 síđur
God Bless America lifts the veil on strange and unusual religious beliefs and practices in the modern-day United States. Do Satanists really sacrifice babies? Do exorcisms involve swearing and spinning heads? Are the Amish allowed to drive cars and use computers? Taking a close look at snake handling, new age spirituality, Santeria spells, and satanic rituals, this book offers more than mere armchair research, taking you to an exorcism and a polygamist compound—and allowing you to sit among the beards and bonnets in a Mennonite church and to hear L. Ron Hubbard's stories told as sermons during a Scientology service. From the Amish to Voodoo, the beliefs and practices explored in this book may be unorthodox—and often dangerous—but they are always fascinating. While some of them are dying out, and others are gaining popularity with a modern audience, all offer insight into the future of religion in the United States—and remind that fact is often stranger than fiction.
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LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - bness2 - LibraryThing
Overall I found this an enjoyable and informative read. The author clearly has a bias against religion in general, though, which shows through at various times. Granted, though, many of the religions ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUmsögn notanda - Devil_llama - LibraryThing
If you are interested in some of the stranger stories you might find on and off the religion page, this is the book for you. The religions covered here are not all strangers to us - including ... Read full review
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