Religion: Many Are Called

Dialing for Jesus

Next to Muzak and talking cash registers, few spin-offs of modern technology are as irritating as the junk phone call. At virtually any hour of the night or day, the unsuspecting telephone subscriber is likely to receive unsolicited sales pitches -- some of them prerecorded -- for anything from opera tickets to Oriental rugs. But what about Dial-a-Communicant? That is just what a number of church groups across the U.S. have taken up in an effort to found churches or attract additional members.

A pioneer and chief practitioner of this new art is Norman Whan, a former insurance telemarketing consultant, who...

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