While this [book] showcases an astounding amount of research, [i]t is accessible to any reader with an interest in the convergence of paranormal beliefs and religion... Highly recommended. --Library Journal
“It is accessible to any reader with an interest in the convergence of paranormal beliefs and religion. The thought-provoking narrative will not disappoint experts on the topic. Highly recommended”
“Paranormal America is an authoritative but extremely readable analysis of an important but often ignored subculture. This fine book explains how many people seek personally-relevant meaning in a chaotic and often alienating world. In these pages we learn much not only about believers in ESP, Bigfoot, and astrology, but also about the general ways in which all human minds make sense of our perplexing position in the universe.”
-William Bainbridge,author of Across the Secular Abyss: From Faith to Wisdom
“What makes Paranormal America a fun read is that one would assume scientists would poke more fun at people who study paranormal activity. Instead, they blend skepticism with data and great details that leave readers with a sense of balance.”
-Austin American-Statesman Blog
"The book provides solid evidence on a number of topics about paranormal belief and practice that have been much debated by social scientists." -Andrew McKinnon,Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
"Sociologists all, Bader and Mencken and Baker have written a solid book on an esoteric topic . . . this is the most authoritative profile this reviewer has encountered on Americans who believe in or who have experienced 'paranormal phenomena'." -S. Krippner, Saybrook University,Choice Magazine
“The authors convincingly show that believing in flying saucers or some other paranormal subject―Bigfoot, ghosts, astrology, psychics―is not fringe at all. More than two-thirds of Americans accept the reality of at least one such phenomenon.”
-The Washington Post
"Paranormal Activity is the ultimate anthology of the educational, religious, sexual, and monetary factors that influence people's perceptions and interests in the parinormal . . . The book deconstructs what would normally be dry and stuffy scientific data into cleverly engaging sections."
-Kyle B. Morton,Fate Magazine
"(The Authors) have used the data from the Baylor Religion Survey, and relevant field work, to provide a demographic profile of paranormal beliefs in the United States . . . The strength of Paranormal Actvivity lies in it's ability to avoid joining the debate on either extreme. Reporting the field work in a straightforward manner, the book allows for the statistics to stay in the forground."-wordpress.com
"Entertaining sightseeing in a world that is often trivialized by academics." -Journal of American History
“This is an interesting study which is likely to be referred to by sociologists for some considerable time to come, and no doubt put to various, sometimes mutually contradictory, uses.”-The Magonia Review of Books
"Paranormal America presents an array of fascinating data derived from a large-scale survey on areas of human experience that are sorely in need of scholarly attention." -Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
"Paranormal America provides an in-depth analysis of beliefs and experiences that lie outside the realm of maintream religion and science, or at least those that exist at their furthest edges, and it will serve as a seminal wok for future research on the paranormal."-Paul J. Olson,Sociology of Religion
About the Author
F. Carson Mencken is professor of sociology at Baylor University.Joseph O. Baker
is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University and a senior research associate for the Association of Religion Data Archives.
Christopher D. Bader is an associate professor of sociology at Baylor University. With F. Carson Mencken, he is Principal Investigator on the Baylor Religion Survey Project.