Religion: Fervor and Froth

What event could be so important that Jimmy Carter's sister and George Wallace's wife would take a day away from the Democratic National Convention to visit Atlantic City? Answer: the Christian Booksellers Association convention, biggest of the religious-publishing trade shows. While Ruth Carter Stapleton, Cornelia Wallace and other best-selling authors last week met the people who sell their books, moneychangers in some of the 263 booths were offering mawkish, illuminated paintings of Jesus, T shirts that proclaim HE IS RISEN, PRAISE THE LORD paper napkins and LAST JUDGMENT AT HAND bumper stickers....

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