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God Bless America: Strange...Religious Beliefs...in the U.S.

From looking at some of the religious beliefs that shaped the birth of the United States to examining the current weirdness Freedom of Religion has led to. 

Join us for a fun evening as we discuss God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States by Karen Stollznow Since the space is limited it is very important that you immediately update your RSVP status if you cannot attend. If there are people on the waiting list they will be automatically bumped up to the "Attending" category when others change their RSVP to "Not Attending".

The discussion begins at 7pm in the Davanni's "Party Room", but many of us arrive at 6:30 to have a little dinner. The evening usually concludes around 9pm after everyone has an opportunity to share their book recommendations and other ideas for group events.

From Amazon.com:

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? Offering a close look at snake handling, new age spirituality, Santeria spells, and satanic rituals, this book offers more than mere armchair research. It takes you to an exorcism, a Charismatic church and a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist compound. You will sit among the beards and bonnets in a Mennonite church, hear the sounds of silence at a Quaker meeting, and listen to L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi 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. Some of them are dying out, while others are gaining popularity with a modern audience, but all offer insight into the past, present and future of religion in the United States.

Next month:TBA

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  • Gina

    Suggestion for next book:
    Stiff by Mary Roach

    June 4, 2014

  • David

    got in our kindle.

    May 31, 2014

  • Julie

    Amazon doesn't have the book right now, but I have it on order so will get it soon, hopefully.

    May 13, 2014

  • Gina

    Unfortunately it's a hard book to get at the library & it's also at Amazon only as an ebook. You are still welcome to come and join us anyway.

    May 13, 2014

  • Damian Pound (.

    Just put in my request to the library, unfortunately all the copies are checked out right now :(

    May 13, 2014

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