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Dec 07 2013

“God Bless America”, Karen Stollznow on Atheists Talk

By training, Karen Stollznow is an Australian linguist with a background in history and anthropology. In addition, she has spent years writing and talking about pseudoscience and the paranormal. All of this means that when she turns her attention to American foibles of belief, the results should be clear and devastating. This was true in her last book, Haunting America: The Truth Behind Some of America’s “Most Haunted” Places. It is just as true in her newest book, God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States.

Don’t worry, this isn’t just some foreigner poking fun at those daft Yanks. Dr. Stollznow has made the U.S. her home for many years, and her fondness shows through. Though she forthrightly points her fingers at fraud and other injuries to the followers of these beliefs, she demonstrates sympathy for the believers as well. From fundamentalist, polygamous Mormons to Scientologists who believe that the universe started with an alien war, she draws parallels between these “weird” religions and religions that are fully respectable in our current society. Besides, what religious groups didn’t start small and emerge from fringe beliefs?

This Sunday, Dr. Stollnow joins us to talk about her new book and some of the American religious practices that fall well outside the mainstream.

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  1. 1
    ludicrous

    Just listened to your Atheists Talk show with Karen S. Who knew religion could be fun….in the right hands.

    Really enjoyed it, thanks.

  2. 2
    busterggi

    While its good to hear Karen anywhere I sure miss her on Monster Talk.

  3. 3
    Kurt Helf

    What’s with your iTunes feed? It hasn’t updated in almost a month. I’ve deleted and resubscribed but the last ‘cast on there is the Russel Blackford interview from 15 Nov.
    @ludicrous Seconded.

  4. 4
    Kurt Helf

    I meant, of course, the “Atheist Talk” iTunes feed and not Stephanie Zvan’s iTunes feed.

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