Them That Believe
The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition
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Them That Believe by Ralph W. Hood
Book DescriptionAlthough 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520255876
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ralph W. Hood
Psychology of Religion, Hardback (September 2009)
"Psychology of Religion".
Blood and Fire, Hardback (November 2008)
Explores how understandings of godly love function to empower believers
Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism, Hardback (April 2005)» View all books by Ralph W. Hood
Presents an innovative psychological framework for understanding religious fundamentalism. Blending extensive research and incisive analysis, the highly regarded author distinguish fundamentalist traditions from other faith-based groups and illuminate the thinking and behaviour of believers.
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Author Biography - Ralph W. Hood
Ralph W. Hood, Jr. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. W. Paul Williamson is Associate Professor of Psychology at Henderson State University. Hood and Williamson are coauthors, with Peter C. Hill, of The Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism.
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