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James A. Pike, the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, was a man of many faces. To some he was an iconoclast, a man decades ahead of his time who modernized the Church and rendered it more progressive and open to inquiry. To others he was a heretic, who polarized and desecrated the Church. Always controversial and charismatic, he took America by storm in the 1960s with his best-selling books, and his weekly television talk show, Dean Pike, which won him a cover story in Time. A Passionate Pilgrim is an illuminating biography of Pike, and an examination of the tragedies, triumphs, and difficulties that shaped his spectacular rise to fame and his mysterious death in the Israeli desert.
“Thoroughly engaging. The Pike who emerges from these pages is a true voice without restraint. A fascinating story told by a first-rate historian.”
“This spirited biography never lets go. [Robertson] keeps his view of the peripatetic Pike clear-eyed and even-handed.”
“At once sympathetic and probing, provides a fascinating and timely backdrop to many of the struggles faced by mainline Protestant churches today.”
“Meticulously researched and crisply written. An accurate, fair portrait of [a] complicated spiritual iconoclast and theological pioneer.”