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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


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


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


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


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