Sernett Response

Chapter 50 of the Sernett reading was very interesting to me. I wanted to have more information about Father Divine and how he came to have such a passionate following. He’s obviously a very moving speaker, but the same could be said about many pastors or priests who did not procure their own followings. The text mentioned that people began to believe that he was God incarnate when a judge who sentenced him for disturbing the peace died unexpectedly of a heart attack. However, this is not so outlandish that it would be likely to be seen as anything more than a coincidence. I would be interested to know if he had promoted himself as God before this incident, and what kind of religious doctrine he put forth for his followers to abide by.

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