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by Malise Ruthven

  • Author: Malise Ruthven
  • ISBN: 0701131519
  • ISBN13: 978-0701131517
  • ePub: 1835 kb | FB2: 1129 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Politics & Government
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; 1st Edition. edition (August 14, 1989)
  • Pages: 224
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 869
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The Divine Supermarket: Travels in Search of the Soul of America ePub download

The Divine Supermarket book.

The Divine Supermarket book.

The journey took him from the dark woods of Puritan New England to neo-Nazi cults in the Rockies; from Mormons and snake handlers to fundamentalist groups who challenge the teaching of evolution; from channelers in California to the sexual and financial scandals surrounding millionaire TV preachers.

His blog for the NYR - Revolution by Latrine won an award from the Overseas Press Club of America in April 2011.

A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Rage of Islam (1990).

Malise Ruthven, Colin Thubron. The journey took him from the dark woods of Puritan New England to neo-Nazi cults in the Rockies; from Mormons and Snake-handlers to fundamentalist groups who challenge the teaching of evolution; from Channellers in California to the sexual and financial scandals surrounding millionaire TV preachers.

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This is an exploration of the influence of far-right preachers on the Reagan administration. In its analysis of the melting-pot of religious cults in America, the book covers high-mindedness and moral angst, sexual humbuggery and corruption. As the world's oldest secular state, America has proved uniquely adept at hatching new creeds and producing variations on more familiar themes from Latter-Day Saints to snake-handlers. Its citizens enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world and the country is undergoing a major religious revival. Fundamentalist groups in the South challenge the teaching of evolution in schools, television preachers such as Jerry Falwell are undermining the liberal reforms of postwar years, and cults such as the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh flourish. Part travel book, part history, part cultural analysis, this book follows Malise Ruthven from Puritan New England to the Reaganite right wing areas of the sun belt and middle America in what is intended to be a study of the soul of modern America. Malise Ruthven is also author of "Islam in the Modern World".
Jonariara
I found it an enjoyable and amusing romp through the exceptionalism of American religion (not that it's a good thing). The funniest part was when the author hearing a version of Beethoven's violin concerto performed with solo piano in San Francisco, referred to it as being 'familiar yet somehow outrageous'.

Actually, it's virtually the only thing sensible in the entire book. Beethoven actually adapted his violin concerto for piano solo in 1808, and actually, it sounds quite reasonable (save for the unfamiliar 1st movement cadenza).

The religion however...
Ustamya
really enjoyed the travels and the humorous fashion in which he analyzes such a broad number of man-made religions in America.
Otrytrerl
So interesting to understand the commonalities in the development of all religions. An excellent read especially for people brave enough to question.
Brightcaster
Fantastic book, highly recommended. As relevant today as when it was first published. It is extremely enlightening, insightful and gloriously scripted.
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