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A. J. Tomlinson: Plainfolk Modernist

Roger Glenn Robins

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195165913
eISBN:
9780199835454
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165918.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book explores the life of Ambrose Jessup Tomlinson, chronicling his childhood and family life, spiritual journey, missionary work, and his role in establishing the Church of God. Its main ... More


A. J. Ascendant

Roger Glenn Robins

in A. J. Tomlinson: Plainfolk Modernist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195165913
eISBN:
9780199835454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165918.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

A.J. Tomlinson’s political savvy and charisma helped him strengthen his hold on the Church of God, and pursue his dream of gathering his own particular “Israel”, God’s pentecostal people. Tomlinson ... More


 Christian Biblical Fundamentalism

Solomon Schimmel

in The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195188264
eISBN:
9780199870509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter analyzes the doctrine of biblical inerrancy, the belief in the physical resurrection of Jesus, and the theology and practices of serpent‐handling sects. This chapter points out the ... More


Serpent Handling Endorsed by the Church of God

Ralph W. Hood Jr. and W. Paul Williamson

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231474
eISBN:
9780520942714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231474.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the acceptance of both Hensley and his serpent-handling practice into the Church of God at a time when the church's primary concern was to convert the lost and to proselytize ... More


Continuing Schism in the Offshoots

David V. Barrett

in The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Worldwide Church of God

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199861514
eISBN:
9780199979943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861514.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

All three of the initial major schismatic Churches of God (COGs) faced schisms themselves. Philadelphia COG’s leader Gerald Flurry found verses in the Bible foretelling his rise as the new leader ... More


The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Worldwide Church of God

David V. Barrett

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199861514
eISBN:
9780199979943
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861514.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Worldwide Church of God was a largely American 20th century Christian sect (or new religious movement: NRM) with heterodox beliefs and practices. It was Sabbatarian, millenarian, British ... More


Pentecost!

Roger Glenn Robins

in A. J. Tomlinson: Plainfolk Modernist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195165913
eISBN:
9780199835454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165918.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

On January 11, 1907, the General Assembly of Tomlinson’s Union Grove congregation decided to call themselves the “Church of God”. By this time, Tomlinson had accepted the principle of Pentecostal ... More


“This Is Our Red Sea”: Exodusters, Prophet William Saunders Crowdy, and the Beginnings of Black Israelism

Jacob S. Dorman

in Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195301403
eISBN:
9780199979035
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301403.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes how Prophet William Saunders Crowdy, the founder of the Church of God and Saints of Christ, was born into slavery, experienced liberation, participated in the Civil War as a ... More


Order in the Courts

Roger Glenn Robins

in A. J. Tomlinson: Plainfolk Modernist

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195165913
eISBN:
9780199835454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165918.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter presents the story of John B. Goins’ attempt to dethrone A.J. Tomlinson at Cleveland. John B. Goins joined the Church of God as one of Tomlinson prized recruits. In August 1909, ... More


The History of Pentecostalism Absent the Serpent

Ralph W. Hood Jr. and W. Paul Williamson

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231474
eISBN:
9780520942714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231474.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

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 ... More


Origins and History of the Worldwide Church of God

David V. Barrett

in The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Worldwide Church of God

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199861514
eISBN:
9780199979943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861514.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores how a young failed advertising executive, Herbert W. Armstrong, discovered the “Truth” about the Sabbath, obedience to God and the falseness of evolution in the 1920s. He joined ... More


The Early Presbyterian Movement

Patrick Collinson

in The Elizabethan Puritan Movement

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198222989
eISBN:
9780191678554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198222989.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

John Field almost certainly shared the company of the London separatists, and like them nourished a fervent hatred for the bishops and all their ways. For him, as for them, it was a matter of debate ... More


The Church of God in Christ: Pentecostal History, Doctrine, and Polity

Richard N. Pitt

in Divine Callings: Understanding the Call to Ministry in Black Pentecostalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814768235
eISBN:
9780814768259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814768235.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter provides an introduction to the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), offering brief glimpses of its one-hundred-year history, from its humble beginnings in a borrowed cotton gin to its ... More


“If God be for you, who can be against you?”: Persecution and Vindication of the Church of God in Christ during World War I

Theodore Kornweibel,

in FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security before and after 9/11

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520287273
eISBN:
9780520962422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520287273.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explains how during the First World War the Bureau of Investigation (the FBI’s official name at the time) targeted the Church of God in Christ, one of the nation's largest Pentecostal ... More


Black Joseph: Early African American Charismatic Missions and Pentecostal-Charismatic Engagements with the African Motherland

Ogbu U. Kalu

in Afro-Pentecostalism: Black Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814797303
eISBN:
9780814789070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814797303.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the strategies used by African Americans to evangelize the African motherland from the eighteenth century, focusing on the missionary achievements of two of the largest black ... More


“Don’t Quit Your Day Job”: Redefining Religious Work

Richard N. Pitt

in Divine Callings: Understanding the Call to Ministry in Black Pentecostalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814768235
eISBN:
9780814768259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814768235.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explains why most men and women are unlikely to find full-time paid positions in their local Church of God in Christ (COGIC) churches and how this situation handicaps opportunities to ... More


Rites of Lynching and Rights of Dance: Historic, Anthropological, and Afro-Pentecostal Perspectives on Black Manhood after 1865

Craig Scandrett-Leatherman

in Afro-Pentecostalism: Black Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814797303
eISBN:
9780814789070
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814797303.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how Charles Harrison Mason (1866–1961), the founder of the largest Afro-Pentecostal church, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), resisted the dehumanizing effects of lynching ... More


“When the Fire Fell”: The Sanctified Church Contribution to Chicago Gospel Music

Robert M. Marovich

in A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039102
eISBN:
9780252097089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039102.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the sanctified churches' contribution to the development of Chicago gospel music. Female evangelist Mattie L. Thornton is considered the organizer of Chicago's first sanctified ... More


The Fragmentation of a Sect: An Introduction

David V. Barrett

in The Fragmentation of a Sect: Schism in the Worldwide Church of God

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199861514
eISBN:
9780199979943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861514.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter introduces the story of the fragmentation that happened after Herbert W. Armstrong’s death. It suggests eight possible choices available to members after Worldwide changed its teachings ... More


New Religious Alliances

Alison Collis Greene

in No Depression in Heaven: Religion and the Great Depression in the Mississippi Delta

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199371877
eISBN:
9780199371907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371877.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 6 opens with a scene from an Arkansas relief office, where a federal employee of the Resettlement Administration evaluated the program’s applicants based in part on personal religious ... More


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