Religion: Report on M.R.A.

Dr. Frank Buchman, 76, always travels first class ("Isn't God a millionaire?" says he), but the road is often rough. In 1926, the Pennsylvania-born ex-Y.M.C.A. leader was asked to leave the Princeton campus because his famous meetings at which young followers eagerly confessed their private sins seemed the wrong sort of spiritual exercise for growing boys. But Dr. Frank kept marching on, smilingly proclaiming panaceas for war, Communism and evil of all kinds. Leader Buchman, whose followers have described his divine guidance as a kind of telephone conversation with God, always managed to find bright and wealthy followers to help him...

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