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Them That BelieveThe Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition$
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Ralph Hood, Jr. and W. Paul Williamson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231474

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231474.001.0001

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The History of Pentecostalism Absent the Serpent

The History of Pentecostalism Absent the Serpent

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(p.13) Chapter 2 The History of Pentecostalism Absent the Serpent
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Them That Believe
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Ralph W. Hood Jr.

W. Paul Williamson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231474.003.0002

Pentecostalism has become a major movement in contemporary Protestant Christianity. It renders a general history of Holiness-Pentecostalism and the rise of the Church of God as a common sectarian Holiness group. It came to embrace the charismatic signs of Pentecostalism in the first decade of the twentieth century—largely through the influence of its transformed leader, A. J. Tomlinson. Its acceptance by a certain Holiness sect, the Church of God, was crucial as it would come to embrace and further the sign of serpent handling as a compelling manifestation of the Holy Ghost. Pentecostalism can be traced to the Wesleyan Holiness tradition that took root in the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century and eventually spread throughout the American colonies by means of enthusiastic revival campaigns.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, serpent handling, Protestant Christianity, Church of God, Holiness sect

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