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Snake Handling

Snake Handling and the Gospel of Mark

Michael Gilmour | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

This strange early twentieth-century expression of religious faith is not widespread -- confined to a small number of churches in the southeastern United States -- but has its roots in a literal reading of a cluster of biblical metaphors.

WATCH: Son Of Dead 'Snake Salvation' Pastor Handles Rattlesnake That Killed His Dad

Posted 02.23.2014 | Religion

A week after his father died from a rattlesnake bite after refusing medical attention, reality star Cody Coots reportedly danced with and held the ver...

Deadly Snake That Killed Pastor Returns To Church

Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion

The snake that claimed the life of "Snake Salvation" pastor Jamie Coots will back in church this Sunday, reports TMZ. Coots' son Cody told TMZ that...

In Defense Of Jamie Coots' Theology

Religious News Service | Jeffrey Weiss | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The death of Jamie Coots could be read as just another bit of evidence that the universe doesn’t much care what you believe. Physics, biology,...

FLASHBACK: Jamie Coots Explains Why He Won't See A Doctor For Snakebites

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Pastor Jamie Coots was part of a small group of Pentecostal Christians who handles venomous snakes during church services. "Snake Salvation," a Nation...

'Snake Salvation' Preacher Dies From Snakebite

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion

"Snake Salvation" star and preacher Jamie Coots has died of a snakebite after refusing medical attention, CNN confirmed. The Pentecostal preacher ...

Snake Handling: 'It Is The Closest Thing To Heaven On Earth You Can Get'

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 06.06.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Andrew Hamblin's Facebook page is filled with snippets of his life. Making a late-night run to Taco Bell. Watching SpongeBob...

Famed Snake-Handling Preacher Dies From Bite

AP | VICKI SMITH | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia preacher who followed his father into the rare practice of handling snakes to prove faith in God died after ...

Child Preachers! Snake Handling! Patriotism! Vaudeville!

Posted 01.14.2012 | Arts

With snake handling, child preachers and wartime propaganda, America Loves You is sure to be a delightfully curious program. Russell Scholl's selectio...