Religion: Pike's Medium

The Right Rev. James A. Pike's lifelong spiritual quest led him gradually away from Christian orthodoxy into controversial denials of such basic dogmas as the Trinity and Virgin Birth. Toward the end of his life, he began to explore the occult. Having resigned as Episcopal Bishop of California, he experimented with mediums, and claimed ghostly contacts with his suicide son, James Jr. In January 1971, Pike died after becoming lost in the Judean desert while attempting to retrace Jesus' steps in the wilderness.

In one eerie episode in September 1967, the Canadian Television Network broadcast a séance in which the Rev. Arthur...

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