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Sacred Matters: Celebrity Worship, Sexual Ecstasies, The Living Dead and Other Signs of Religious Life in the United States

ISBN13: 9781595584373
ISBN: 1595584374
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $25.95
Publisher: New Press, The
Published Date:
Pages: 224
Average Goodreads rating: 2.83/5 (7 ratings)

Sacred Matters makes the powerful case that we must take the broad view of religious life in America today. Laderman argues that genuinely religious practices and experiences can be found in the unlikeliest of places--in science laboratories, in movie theaters and concert halls, at the Super Bowl, in Americans' obsession with prescription drugs and in their pursuit of pornography. Laderman depicts an American cultural landscape blooming with sacred icons, popular devotions, and deep-rooted mythologies. Sacred Matters makes a powerful and illuminating case that religion is everywhere--and that we have barely begun to reckon with its hold on our cultural life.