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Religion / US #50556

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 1977
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(Studio) Upsurge of evangelism in United States noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(New York) Report on evangelical movement throughout country Film shown. Now evangelical spirit sweeping millions of church goers. Unidentified preachers, worshipers shown. Services make people feel good; accounts for rise in mbrship. among evangelical churches. Media expertise contributes to converts. Rex Humbard has $18 million budget. Millions spent by television evangelists; details given. Film shown. Conversion to evangelicalism can have negative side. [Theologian Dr. Martin MARTY - notes that tremendous psychological pressure can distort peoples' lives.] Some evangelists criticized for monetary gain. New York preacher enjoys good life of church collection but says his aim is to make people feel good. Film shown. [MARTY - says some probably never think of themselves as showmen.] Reasons for upsurge assessed.

Brown, Bob;
Walters, Barbara

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