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Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr.

Wrong Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr.?

Psychology Professor

Phone: (423) ***-****  HQ Phone
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Internationalle Gesellschaft Für Religionpsychologie
  • Cofounder
    International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

Education

  • joint doctorate , Sociology and Psychology
93 Total References
Web References
Christian Education: Adults :: St Pauls Episcopal Church Chattanooga TN
www.stpaulschatt.org, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
Dr. Ralph Hood, Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Contemporary Christian Serpent Handlers of Appalachia. lthough outlawed in many states, serpent handling remains an active religious practice - and one that is far more stereotyped than understood. Ralph W. Hood, Jr. has spent fifteen years touring serpent-handling churches in the South, conducting scores of interviews with serpent handlers, and witnessing hundreds of serpent-handling services. Huckabay Hall.
Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents' | WKU Public Radio
wkyufm.org, 5 June 2014 [cached]
Serpents don't get tamed," says Ralph Hood, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, who has documented hundreds of hours of serpent handling over 25 years. Having said that, Hood says he has brought herpetologists to services to try and understand why it is that handlers can pick up reptiles with impunity, even walk on them barefoot, and receive so few snake bites.
"All I know is that these people do handle [snakes], and most of the time they are not bit, and they can do what scientists think is not likely. Nobody has a good explanation," he says.
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BURNETT: Ralph Hood is a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who has documented hundreds of hours of serpent-handling over 25 years.
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RALPH HOOD: But it's kind of like playing Russian roulette. The more frequently you handle, the more likely you are to get a bite. Serpents don't get tamed.
BURNETT: Having said that, Hood has brought herpetologists to services to try and understand why it is that handlers can pick up reptiles with impunity, even walk on them barefoot, and receive so few snakebites.
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HOOD: All I know is that these people do handle, and most of the time they are not bit and they can do what scientists think is not likely.
Ralph Hood, a religion ...
www.benningtonbanner.com, 1 June 2012 [cached]
Ralph Hood, a religion professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, saw Wolford bitten by a copperhead about six years ago.
Wolford and others prefer to be called "serpent handlers" as a reflection of Scripture, and Hood said his friend would want people to remember him as "a Christian who was living his beliefs and being obedient.
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But Hood said the serpent-handling tradition remains scattered throughout the region, from Alabama to Ohio to New York. Its popularity waxes and wanes with the passing of generations, and it is currently seeing a resurgence of sorts.
"It tends to be transmitted through families, and as these young kids mature, the tradition grows and becomes strong again," he said.
RALPH HOOD, University ...
www.templetonadvancedresearchprogram.com, 15 Dec 2011 [cached]
RALPH HOOD, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
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RALPH HOOD, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Ralph Hood is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has a long-standing interest in the empirical study of religion. His research has focused upon religious experience, especially mystical experience. In addition, he continues extensive fieldwork on the serpent handling holiness sects of Appalachia. He is a past president of the Psychology of Religion division of APA and a recipient of the William James award from that division. He was involved in the creation of the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion , where he served as Book Review Editor and also as Co-editor. He is a past Editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion . He is currently a board member of the Internationalle Gesellschaft Für Religionpsychologie.
"People think they will stop handling ...
www.lewistownsentinel.com, 8 Mar 2014 [cached]
"People think they will stop handling snakes because someone got bit, but it's just the opposite," said Ralph Hood, a professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, who has been studying snake handlers for decades.
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The practice of snake handling in the United States was first documented in the mountains of East Tennessee in the early 20th Century, according to Paul Williamson, a professor of psychology at Henderson State University who, along with Hood, co-wrote a book about snake handlers called, "Them That Believe.
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Hood knew Coots well, and attended his standing-room only funeral service last week.
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"At the service, what everybody recognized and accepted is that he died obedient to God and that his salvation is assured," said Hood.
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