Churches: Excitement on the Tube

It's a bit of a secret. Only those people who on Sunday are neither in church nor asleep nor buried in the papers know it: religious TV is more varied, skilled, sophisticated and imaginative than ever before.

Apart from pro football, in fact, there is mighty little that churches will not present these days for the greater glory of God. Last week CBS put on an hour-long concert of ecclesiastical jazz by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, video-taped at Manhattan's Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Southern Baptists, besides their soap-operatic mainstay series, The Answer, have cooperated with NBC to produce...

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