Cold War Religion, Centennials, and the Return of the Skrælings
Chapter Five places rune stone enthusiasm in the context of Cold War religious fervor. Starting in the 1950s, activists used the Viking myth to claim the U.S. had Christian origins. As academic critiques of the artifact mounted, locals linked their defense of the stone with efforts to propagate the Christian faith.
Keywords: Cold War religion, American religion, Midwest history, Viking myths, rune stone