May 29, 2012
In Defense of Snake Handlers
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos
The question the existence of snake handlers raises is this: “Why shouldn’t they handle snakes? For that matter, why don’t all Christians pass around rattlesnakes every week?” It would make for a lively page in the church supply catalogues. Right there next to the thuribles and charcoal and incense might be the “snake page”. Why there would be a whole range of venomous snakes. The best and most exotic would be reserved for the Episcopalians and Anglicans. “We import only the best spitting cobras from India for your snake handling ceremony.” or for the Lutherans, “Baby coral snakes straight from the desert of Arizona! Add a splash of color to your snake handling liturgy.” or for the Presbyterians–”discreet...
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