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THE HEALER-PROPHET (Three Indispensible Studies of American Evangelicalism) Paperback – November 1, 2000
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"The story C. Douglas Weaver tells... is one of riviting interest to those who trace their religious roots to the post-World War II craving for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is a fascinating, unlikely tale of triumph and disappointment. Branham was enigmatic and controversial at the height of his career, and he became more ethereal toward the end of his life. Weaver tells the Branham story fairly and dispassionately. Indeed, he writes with a rare and admirable degree of sympathy for his subject. As a result, his book will help outsiders understand the making and functioning of a prophetic personality in the Pentecostal subculture....
"...This is a story well told and truly worthy of reading. Much of what happened in the Pentecostal/charismatic world in the second half of the twentieth century owes something to the startling reports and wondrous claims that echoed from the Branham healing campaigns of 1946 and 1947."David Edwin Harrell, Jr. from the Foreword
"Largely unknown today, William Branham was a powerful force in the Pentecostal healing revivals of the mid-twentieth century. This excellent study explores Branham's activities as a preacher-healer and his place within the broader Pentecostal tradition. An unassuming man with a controversial theology, Branham's impact on later faith healersOral Roberts and othershas often been overlooked. Weaver's book is an intriguing exercise in American biography and theology. It is also a perceptive analysis of the "prophetic" in one representative segment of American Pentecostalism. The book is a provocative contribution to the study of American Evangelicalism."Bill J. Leonard
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C. Douglas Weaver is professor of Christianity at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia.
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While he may preach no longer, the legacy William Branham still provokes two responses: adulation or revulsion. As the other reviewers show, Branham's words still have the power to spark.
Weaver's analysis does several important things:
1) Contextualizes Branham within American Pentecostalism: As one other reviewer shows, followers may bristle at any claims that make Branham into a historical type (Pentecostal, Healer, etc.). But such analysis is crucial to understand Branham's claims and the culture from which he arises.
2) Traces developments within Branham's teachings: Branham's tenuous relationship to the mainstream accounts for an increasingly eccentric body of teachings. Weaver shows how changes in culture, economics, and demographics led (in part) to Branham's increasingly apocalyptic visions, his late aspersions towards denominations, and a legion of would-be successors.
3) Analyzes Branham's doctrines: Branham's mix of Baptist, Oneness, Pentecostal theology, not to mention his unique teachings regarding the "serpent seed" and "third pull", are evaluated within a broader Christian framework.
This book nicely fills a chasm between extremes. While critical of Branham's ministry, this is certainly no hatchet job. Weaver has little vested interest in destroying Branham's character. On the contrary, Weaver is generous, emphasizing Branham's personal humility, his passion, and his personal holiness.
accurate, the author seemed to expound heavely on
the negative of Mr. Branham's ministry without
fully appreciating the positive of his work. The author seemed to give at minimum a paragraph or two attempting to explain negative portions of Mr. Branham's ministry or life while dedicating a single sentence to scientifically unexplainable miracles (One such miracle was the healing of a U.S. Congressman who had been crippled since he was a child).
I believe overall the author may have captured some of the historical information on the man, but he never came close to capturing the spirit of the man.
If you can read this book understanding that the author did a dismal job at capturing Mr. Branham's life while not fully stating the historical facts accurately, you will find there is some good historical information that can be obtained by reading this book on the life and ministry of William Branham.
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