Peter Marina, visiting assistant professor of sociology at UMSL, has a book coming out called "Getting the Holy Ghost: Experiences in An American Tongue-Speaking Church." It's about his experiences at a Pentecostal church in New York City.

While it might sound like gibberish to the untrained ear, there are actually two varieties of tongue-speaking among Pentecostals, according to Peter Marina, visiting assistant professor of sociology at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

He spent four years doing ethnographic research at a small Pentecostal church in Brownsville, an impoverished neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He chronicled his experience in an upcoming book called Getting the Holy Ghost: Experiences in An American Tongue-Speaking Church.

Recently, a lecture he gave on the topic was featured in the Riverfront Times.

“When you speak in tongues,” Marina told the RFT, “you become truly connected to the Holy Spirit. It’s a bridge-burning act. You’ve embraced salvation.”

Click here to read the full RFT article on Marina’s lecture.

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