Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition

What does it mean to have faith? Is it knowing that God has provided a sacrifice to atone for our sins, or is it believing that the bread and wine represent the body and blood of Christ? Is it a sense of empowerment that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit, or is it discovering the ability to speak in tongues? Or is faith believing that God wants you to handle deadly snakes and drink poison, and then doing it?

 

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