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Faith, Serpents, and Fire: Images of Kentucky Holiness Believers

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Faith, Serpents, and Fire: Images of Kentucky Holiness Believers - Schwartz, Scott, and Burton, Thomas (Foreword by)
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The serpent handlers of eastern rural Kentucky are Christians who interpret the Bible literally. In this they are quite similar to many other evangelical Christians in the South and elsewhere. Their daily lives are no different, no more or less mundane, than those of their neighbors or of the inhabitants of any small town in America. And yet they choose to handle deadly serpents, expose themselves to the flames of kerosene lamps, and drink poison as part of their church services. The rationale for these actions is their ...

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Faith, Serpents, and Fire: Images of Kentucky Holiness Believers 1999, University Press of Mississippi

ISBN-13: 9781578060924

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