The Curious Life and Death (?) of William Branham

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 One of the reasons Pentecostalism is both academically fascinating and personally invigorating is because of its ability for religious innovation. Its pneumatic drive make it a daring mix of high tension piety and effervescence (thank you Emile Durkheim). Independent evangelists have had more of a hand in crafting their own brand of Pentecostalism since they tend to be free of the denominational structures imposed by hierarchies whose survival depends on securing the borders of orthodox belief … [Read more...]

A.A. Allen: “God’s Man of Faith and Power”

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 One of the many obsessive habits that befall academics who live with their subjects too long is we get to know way too much about them, learning everything we can, visiting their birthplaces, where they are buried, interviewing people, all in an attempt to say we have uncovered as much as we can about said person. A.A. Allen is one of those people whom I have lived with for years and can’t seem to shake.  In the second installment of a summer trip through my latest and upcoming book, … [Read more...]

Corazón Sagrado meets El Espíritu Santo

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On my way back from my one-year stint at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, I stopped by El Santuario de Chimayo--the most famous healing shrine in the U.S. http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.us/ Visiting a healing shrine was the last item on my agenda, since I had been talking about healing for weeks at Perkins. The idea that healing is part of the Christian tradition across most denominations, the selective nature of healing--and how healing itself is culturally bound by what we are taught … [Read more...]