Religion: Malediction

Through his 39 years of earthly reign Father Divine has hurled many a curse at the conspicuously unbelieving.* Last week he leveled his biggest blast in years. The main target: Sociologist Sara Harris, 34, whose recent book, Father Divine: Holy Husband (Doubleday: $3.95), is a sprightly study of Father and his cult.

To get her material, Author Harris and her collaborator, Harriet Crittenden, spent ten weeks at Father's 32-room "Country Seat of the World'' near Philadelphia, interviewing Father Divine, Mother Divine and a cross section of the followers. The book is written with...

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