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Title:
The divine supermarket : travels in search of the soul of America
Author:
Ruthven, Malise.
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Publication Information:
New York : Arbor House/W. Morrow, 1990.
Physical Description:
x, 317 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
First published in Great Britain in 1989.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780877959557
Format :
Book

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Library Journal Review

British journalist Ruthven brings an outsider's perspective to the American religious scene. The author traveled across the country, visiting such places as the Mormons' Nauvoo, the Nazi Church of Idaho, Bakker's Heritage USA, Falwell's Liberty University, and Merton's Gethsemani Abbey. Though admittedly more interested in the exotic than the mainstream, Ruthven weaves accurate historical information with firsthand observations, interviews, and his own analysis. Interestingly, he sees religious pluralism as vital to American democracy. ``In normal times the regional, social and ideological divisions that could tear the nation apart find an outlet in religion.'' Politics remains stable unless a religious issue like abolition, prohibition, or abortion invades the public arena. A readable book with some fresh insights. Recommended.-- C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.