Ben Zeller

Author, Associate Professor, Chair of Religion and Chair of Islamic World Studies, Lake Forest College.

Associate Professor, Chair of Religion and Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. Author of "Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion."

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