Religion: Serpents Taken Up

When Jesus Christ first appeared to His assembled disciples after His resurrection, He told them that believers "shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents" (Mark: 16:17, 18). To many a U. S. religionist of the Pentecostal or "Holy Roller" variety, the "gift of tongues" has long been vivid reality. In recent years the taking up of serpents has gained equal favor. Two years ago in Sylva, N. C. a rawboned mountaineer named Albert Teester let himself be bitten by a rattlesnake, became gravely ill, recovered (TIME, Aug. 20, 1934). Soon...

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