Chapter

Cures for the Body and Soul

Thomas A. Robinson and Lanette D. Ruff

in Out of the Mouths of Babes

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790876
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790876.003.0002

Series: Religion in America

Cures for the Body and Soul

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This chapter provides a background to the period, examining the tremendous variety of cures offered to assure spiritual, mental and physical health from the rise of new religious denominations grown in the soil of American optimism or pessimism to exotic mantras, from Kellogg's breakfast cereal revolution for physical (and mental) health to a denial of physical illness by locating everything in the mind. A very public atheism developed too, matching in almost every way the zeal of the most ardent religious Fundamentalist, and using all the tools and techniques of religion to criticize religion. Atheist societies even tried to prevent little girl evangelists from preaching by threatening legal action. Novelty became the order of the day, and everyone seemed either to have a new cure or to be following someone who claimed to have one.

Keywords: new religious denominations; atheists; health; breakfast cereal

Chapter.  3610 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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