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Voices from the Gods
Speaking with Tongues

ISBN 9780367074197
Published September 15, 2020 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Glossolalia (paranormal speaking in tongues) and zenolalia (paranormal speaking in allegedly foreign languages) are features of many sub-cultures and religions. The most obvious example is Pentecostalism, where every believer in many denominations is expected to speak in tongues at least once – the gift in other cultures being limited to individuals, shamans and mediums. This book, first published in 1978, surveys the practice of ‘speaking in tongues’ in anthropology, Christianity and spiritualism, and provides an analysis of the psychological, theological and linguistic considerations of the phenomenon.

Table of Contents

1. Tongues in Non-Christian Cultures  2. The First Whitsun  3. From Jerusalem to Corinth  4. Tongues before the Reformation  5. From the Reformation to 1800  6. The Nineteenth Century  7. Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism  8. The Twentieth Century: Christian Tongues  9. Tongues in Twentieth-Century Spiritualism  10. The Charismatic Movement  11. Psychological and Medical Glossolalia  12. Debate and Discussion: Christian Tongues I  13. Debate and Discussion: Christian Tongues II  14. Debate and Discussion: The Psychology and Effects of Tongues  15. Debate and Discussion: Spiritualist Tongues  16. Summary and Conclusion

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