For a precise tally of last years exorcisms, strategies for spotting the Antichrist, and a complete list of humankinds crackpot apocalyptic predictions, head for Books & Books this Tuesday and drop $16.99 on a copy of Michael Largos new tome, Gods Lunatics.
Armed with the unwieldy subtitle Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Mans Eternal Search for the Divine, Largos book attempts to provide an encyclopedic chronicle of human historys religious fanatics, cult con men, spiritual terrorists, and pilots to paradise. But its not just a freak show; Gods Lunatics also asks some pretty piquant questions about the relationship between the divine and the earthbound. For instance, Is God really a self-flagellating deviant who speaks in tongues, dresses his wives in garbage bags, and charges admission to Heaven?
Tue., Aug. 17, 8 p.m., 2010