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The Divine Supermarket: Travels in Search of the Soul of America

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Traveling in a battered camping van, Malise Ruthven set out across America in search of the manifestations—often bizarre and sometimes terrifying—of its religious spirit. 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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Tauris Parke Paperbacks (first published December 1st 1989)
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Sara Gray
Feb 14, 2014 Sara Gray rated it liked it
This would have earned four stars from me for being a clearly written, incendiary history of religious movements in America. I was very impressed by the conclusions he drew about the Constitution and the significant impact Mormonism has had on the state of all religion in America. I deduct a star, though, as Ruthven was often mean-spirited, and had many unkind things to say about obese people that had nothing to do with religion.
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Jan 06, 2012 Pat C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an entertaining book in which the author, a British man, uses a cross-country road trip as a way to look at how and why the United States has been such a hotbed of religious diversity and a breeding ground for new religious movements.
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I was hoping to be more shocked and amused by this book - after all, the ultra-religious in America can be an odd lot - but it proved to be a bit too academic for my liking.
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An enjoyably eloquent overview of the diversity of American religious bonkers-ness.
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Malise Ruthven is the author of Islam in the World, The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America, A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam and several other books. His Islam: A Very Short Introduction has been published in several languages, including Chinese, Korean, Romanian, Polish, Italian and German.

A former scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services, Dr Ruthve
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