Medicine: When God Talks, Oral Listens

Roberts' City of Faith merges doctoring and prayer

Local politicians, ex-Football Star Roosevelt Grier, and Evangelists Rex Humbard and Pat Robertson attended. Barbara Mandrell sang the national anthem. There was a congratulatory letter from President Reagan. The festivities in Tulsa last week preceded not the kickoff of a football game but the opening of the City of Faith, the $150 million medical complex that Evangelist Oral Roberts claims he built on direct orders from God.

The triple-tower glass-and-steel complex, on an 80-acre site adjacent to Oral Roberts University in south Tulsa, houses a research center, diagnostic clinic and 294-bed hospital containing the latest...

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