The History of Pentecostalism Absent the Serpent

Ralph W. Hood Jr. and W. Paul Williamson

in Them That Believe

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780520231474
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942714 | DOI:
The History of Pentecostalism Absent the Serpent

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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

Chapter.  10188 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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