Religion: Lawyer into Dean

At 30, James A. Pike was a rising young attorney for the Securities & Exchange Commission. That was eight years ago. Last week he was appointed Dean of Manhattan's Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Jim Pike was born a Roman Catholic. But after two years at the Jesuit University of Santa Clara in California, he left both his faith and his college and set out to be a good agnostic lawyer. He graduated from the University of Southern California Law School, and in 1938 earned a J.S.D. at Yale, then went to Washington. About that time, he found his agnosticism...

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