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James A. Pike
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Religious Figure
    (February 14, 1913-September 1969)
    Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Episcopal Bishop of California
    Wrote 'The Faith of the Church' (1951), 'The Church, Politics and Society' (1955), 'A New Look at Preaching' (1961), 'A Time for Christian Candor' (1964), 'Teen-Agers and Sex' (1965), 'If This Be Heresy' (1967) and 'The Other Side' (1968)
    He was a chain smoker and an alcoholic.
    He was married three times, divorced twice, with his second divorce caused by an affair with his secretary (who became wife #3).
    He resigned as bishop (1966) after being censured for his questioning of church doctrines, including the virginity of Mary, the existence of Hell and the Trinity.
    After his son died, he became a follower of spiritualism and participated in a televised seance.
    He died when he and his wife drove into the Israeli desert without preparation and their car broke down. After they separated to look for help, he fell down a dry creek bed.
    He called for 'fewer beliefs, more belief.'
    He was an early advocate for ordination of women and acceptance of gays in mainstream churches.
    He joined Martin Luther King, Jr.'s civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.
    He was friends with Philip K. Dick and officiated at Dick's wedding to Nancy Hackett (1966).

Credit: C. Fishel


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