The Huffington Post talks Paranormal America

By Christopher D. Bader
February 7, 2011

Don't expect Hollywood to give up the ghosts.

The parade of paranormal entertainment filling American screens -- from the movie Paranormal Activity 2 to television shows such as Ghost Hunters, Psychic Investigators and Paranormal State -- is meeting an intense interest in otherworldly experiences, new research shows.

More than two-thirds of Americans have paranormal beliefs, sociologists Christopher Bader and F. Carson Mencken of Baylor University and Joseph Baker of East Tennessee State University report in their new book Paranormal America from New York University Press.

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Paranormal America in the News!

By Christopher D. Bader
November 4, 2010

Paranormal America has now been featured on CNN, Discovery News, Time Magazine and MSNBC. The book has received positive reviews from The Washington Post, Library Journal (starred review) and Austin Statesman. On November 4, 2010 the book will be featured on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

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Can you be Religious and Paranormal? Discuss on CNN's Belief Blog.

By Christopher D. Bader
October 15, 2010

How is religion related to the Paranormal? Can you believe in Bigfoot and the Bible? UFOs and Jesus? CNN's Belief Blog, referencing Paranormal America has a discussion of this issue. Join the conversation here.

Paranormal America on the Paranormal Podcast

By Christopher D. Bader
December 20, 2010

Christopher Bader was interviewed on Jim Harold's Paranormal Podcast.

What do Americans believe about the paranormal? Tonight's guest, Dr. Christopher Bader, is the man with the answers. As a professor at Baylor University, Dr. Bader has spearheaded the effort to make the paranormal part of the renowned Baylor Religion Survey. He shares some of his findings with us on tonight's program. This episode is brought to you by Audible.com and Squarespace.com

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Paranormal America on Mysterious Universe

By Christopher D. Bader
December 13, 2010

Christopher Bader and Joseph Baker visited Mysterious Universe hosted by Benjamin Grundy and Aaron Wright.

Mysterious Universe covers the strange, extraordinary, weird, and wonderful and everything in between. On these pages you will find the latest news on topics as unorthodox as the UFO Phenomenon, Ghosts and Hauntings, and Cryptozoology, along with the latest in Science, Technology, and Astronomy.

We give our audience a unique collection of content that is challenging to old views and conventional wisdom. Our open minded approach allows us to view all possibilities without being confined by the limits of preconceived ideas.

In a wide-ranging interview the authors discussed who believes in the paranormal, how religion relates to the paranormal, what it is like to join a Bigfoot hunt, whether or not stereotypes about paranormal believers are valid, and a host of other topics.

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Paranormal America in the News!

By Christopher D. Bader
November 4, 2010

Paranormal America has now been featured on CNN, Discovery News, Time Magazine and MSNBC. The book has received positive reviews from The Washington Post, Library Journal (starred review) and Austin Statesman. On November 4, 2010 the book will be featured on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

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Paranormal America Available Now!

By Christopher D. Bader
June 1, 2010
Paranormal America provides the definitive portrait of Americans who believe in or have experienced such phenomena as ghosts, Bigfoot, UFOs, psychic phenomena, astrology, and the power of mediums. However, unlike many books on the paranormal, this volume does not focus on proving or disproving the paranormal, but rather on understanding the people who believe and how those beliefs shape their lives.

Drawing on the Baylor Religion Survey, a multi-year national random sample of American religious values, practices, and behaviors, as well as extensive fieldwork including joining hunts for Bigfoot and spending the night in a haunted house, authors Christopher Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph Baker shed light on what the various types of paranormal experiences, beliefs, and activities claimed by Americans are; whether holding an unconventional belief, such as believing in Bigfoot, means that one is unconventional in other attitudes and behaviors; who has such experiences and beliefs and how they differ from other Americans; and if we can expect major religions to emerge from the paranormal.

Brimming with engaging personal stories and provocative findings, Paranormal America is an entertaining yet authoritative look at a growing segment of American religious culture.

The Washington Post Reviews Paranormal America!

By Christopher D. Bader
Updated October 13, 2010
Another positive review of Paranormal America:

"UFOs exist -- about that we all must agree. As long as humans have gazed heavenward, we have seen inexplicable objects. In the early 1800s, scientists debated the nature of what we now call meteors. In 1947, Kenneth Arnold saw nine objects darting about Mount Rainier, the report that gave birth to modern stories of flying saucers. In Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture (New York Univ.; paperback, $20), we learn that almost one in five Americans claims to have seen something in the sky that they could not identify.

Despite the prevalence of such sightings, though, witnesses are usually the butt of jokes. Christopher D. Bader, F. Carson Mencken and Joseph O. Baker, the authors of "Paranormal America," offer a possible reason for our dismissive attitude. Believers tend to be unmarried men of limited economic means -- the stereotypical yahoo, seeing the world through beer-bottle glasses. But this fascinating book calls into question that easy explanation. 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."



-- Joshua Blu Buhs, Review in The Washington Post, October 13, 2010