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God Bless America

Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States

By Karen Stollznow

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 01 October 2013
"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 us that fact is often stranger than fiction.

About the Author

Karen Stollznow is a linguist with a background in history and anthropology. She is a columnist, podcaster, and the author of "Haunting America," " Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic," and "Red, White and (True) Blue." Karen was a researcher at the University of California-Berkeley, and has spent many years writing about a diverse array of topics, including language, culture, religion, and anomalous claims. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

EAN: 9781939578006
ISBN: 1939578000
Publisher: Pitchstone Publishing
Dimensions: 22.61 x 14.99 x 1.78 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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