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Them That Believe The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition

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ISBN-10: 0520255879

ISBN-13: 9780520255876

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ralph W. Hood, W. Paul Williamson

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Although outlawed in many states, serpent handling remains an active religious practice--and one that is far more stereotyped than understood. Ralph W. Hood, Jr. and W. Paul Williamson have spent fifteen years touring serpent-handling churches in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia, conducting scores of interviews with serpent handlers, and witnessing hundreds of serpent-handling services. In this illuminating book they present the most in-depth, comprehensive study of serpent handling to date.Them That Believenot only explores facets of this religious practice--including handling, preaching, and the near-death experiences of individuals who were bitten…    
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Ralph W. Hood, Jr., is a social psychologist with a long-standing interest in the psychology of religion. He is currently a professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Although not a fundamentalist, Dr. Hood believes that fundamentalism has been poorly portrayed in the psychology of religion by researchers and scholars who are so distant from the assumptions and worldview of fundamentalists that they offer explanations for a phenomenon they have not adequately or fairly described. Peter C. Hill was raised an evangelical in a family strongly committed to the church. He is currently a professor of psychology at Biola University's Rosemead School of Psychology. Biola…    

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
"They Shall Take up Serpents"
The History of Pentecostalism Absent the Serpent
The Media and the Man: George Went Hensley
Serpent Handling Endorsed by the Church of God
The Serpent: Sign and Symbol
Trance States: Tongues Speaking and the Anointing
Extemporaneous Sermons in the Serpent-Handling Tradition
The Experience of Handling Serpents
The Experience of the Anointing
Near-Death Experience from Serpent Bites in Religious Settings
Music among Serpent-Handling Churches
Serpent Handling and the Law: History and Empirical Studies
Deaths by Serpent Bite
Deaths by Poison
The Phenomenological Interview and Hermeneutic Techniques of Interpretation