Religion: God on the Hudson

So hot was the blast of revivalistic piety that swept upper New York State a century ago that the counties in which Mormonism, the Shakers, the Oneida Community et al. flourished are still sometimes called "the Burnt-Over District." Last week new religious thoughts were stirring in lower New York, at two points on the Hudson River.

In Briarcliff Manor, not far from Nyack where lives Oom the Omnipotent, onetime "love cultist," The Groups had an international house party. Glib, bright-eyed Dr. Frank Nathan Daniel Buchman, "soul surgeon," arrived on the S. S....

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