CAHA Presents Talk by Dr. Ralph Hood October 14

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Chattanooga Area Historical Association will present Dr. Ralph Hood and a look into the world of serpent handling in Appalachia. 

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. —Mark 16:17-18

For serpent-handling churches, these verses hold no symbolism—they are the literal words of the Lord that have inspired worshiping believers to handle poisonous snakes for a hundred years.  Dr. Hood is co-author of “Them That Believe: The Power and Meaning of the Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition” and “Handling Serpents: Pastor Jimmy.”

Come hear from one of the nation’s foremost experts on this unique religious tradition.

The program will be held at 6pm on Monday, October 14 in the Community Room of the Electric Power Board building downtown.   Attendees should enter on the Broad Street/MLK corner of the building.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Scott Seagle at 423/364-3169 or email at seaglehomes@comcast.net.


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