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Them That Believe

Author: Ralph Hood
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 052094271X
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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 Believe not only explores facets of this religious practice—including handling, preaching, and the near-death experiences of individuals who were bitten but survived—but also provides a rich analysis of this phenomenon from historical, social, religious, and psychological perspectives.

Encyclopedia Of Christianity In The United States

Author: George Thomas Kurian
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442244321
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From the Founding Fathers through the present, Christianity has exercised powerful influence in America—from its role in shaping politics and social institutions to its hand in art and culture. The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States outlines the myriad roles Christianity has played and continues to play. This masterful multi-volume reference includes biographies of major figures in the Christian church in the United States, documents and Supreme Court decisions, and information on theology and theologians, denominations, faith-based organizations, immigration, art—from decorative arts and film to music and literature—evangelism and crusades, women’s issues, racial issues, civil religion, and more.

In The Days Of Caesar

Author: Amos Yong
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802864066
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In the Days of Caesar is a constructive political theology formulated in sustained dialogue with the Pentecostal and charismatic renewal one of the most vibrant religious movements at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Amos Yong here argues that the many tongues, practices, and gifts of renewal Christianity offer up new resources for thinking about how Christian community can engage and transform the social, political, and economic structures of the world. Yong has three goals here. First he seeks to correct stereotypes of Pentecostalism, both political and theological. Secondly he aims to provoke Pentecostals to reflect theologically from out of the depths of their own Pentecostalism rather than merely to adopt some framework for theological or political self-understanding. Finally Yong shows that a distinctively Pentecostal form of theological reflection is not a parochial activity but has constructive potential to illuminate Christian belief and practice. This book s engagement with political theology from a Pentecostal perspective is the first of its kind.

Research In The Social Scientific Study Of Religion

Author: R. L. Piedmont
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004166467
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This volume provides a wide range of research on the psychological and sociological aspects of spirituality and religiousness. Volume 19 also contains a special section focusing on issues related to adolescent spirituality.

Research In The Social Scientific Study Of Religion

Author: Ralph L. Piedmont
Publisher: Brill
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This volume provides a wide range of research on the psychological and sociological aspects of spirituality and religiousness. Volume 19 also contains a special section focusing on issues related to adolescent spirituality.