Monday, February 14, 2022

Feb. 14: James Albert Pike, American Episcopal priest


James Albert Pike (1913-1969) American civil servant and law professor who was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1946 and consecrated bishop in 1958. An early proponent of ordination of women and racial desegregation within mainline churches, he became increasingly radical in his views until at last he was accused of heresy by a small group of fellow bishops. He hosted his own television talk show and wrote seven books, the last of which (The Other Side) sealed his reputation as a nut job for its discussion of his experiences of seances and other paranormal phenomena following his son's suicide by gunshot. He died wandering in the Israeli desert after a vehicular breakdown on his way to Qumran to research "the historical Jesus."


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