The Common Good

Snake-Handling Christians: Faith, Prophecy and Obedience

Date: June 5, 2012

Christian author and columnist Christian Piatt, writing on Sojourners' "God Politics" blog, argues: "This approach to faith ironically transgresses one of the cardinal Biblical rules about not testing God. Though I'm sure serpent handlers and the like would not see this as a test of God, the effective message is, 'I'm going to do something unnecessarily, stupidly dangerous, simply to show that God will keep me safe.'"