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Pentecostal Glossolalia toward a Functional Interpretation

Virginia H. Hine
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 8, No. 2 (Autumn, 1969), pp. 211-226
DOI: 10.2307/1384335
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1384335
Page Count: 16
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Pentecostal Glossolalia toward a Functional Interpretation
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Abstract

Theories which explain glossolalia as indicative of psychological pathology, suggestibility, or hypnosis, or as a result of social disorganization and deprivation are reviewed and found inadequate to explain recent data on the Pentecostal movement. Concepts of glossolalia as learned behavior and as part of a process of personality reorganization are found more useful. Data are presented to support a functional interpretation of glossolalia as one component in the process of commitment to a movement with important implications for both personal and social change.

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