Pike, James A.

Signed photo of the controversial liberal 5th Episcopal Bishop of California1958-66, died in Judean Desert

Price: $20.00

Description:
(1913-1969) 5th Episcopal Bishop of California, prolific writer, one of 1st mainline religious figures to appear regularly on television. His outspoken views on many theological and social issues made him one of most controversial public figures of his time. At the end of WW II, abandoned Catholicism and legal career and joined the Episcopal Church and was ordained a priest in 1946. Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York 1952-58. Using his new position and media savvy, he fought Catholic bishops over their attacks on Planned Parenthood and their opposition to birth control. When invited to receive an honorary doctorate from Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, he accepted but then publicly declined the invitation on finding that the University did not admit Blacks. He reached a large audience with liberal sermons and weekly television programs. Common topics included birth control, abortion laws, racism, capital punishment, apartheid, antisemitism, and farm worker exploitation. Bishop of California 1958-66. While at Grace Cathedral he was involved with, promoting a living wage for workers in San Francisco, and civil rights. Pike met with Dr. King during the march to Selma, Alabama. Pike questioned a number of widely regarded theological stances, including the virginity of Mary, and the doctrine of the Trinity. Censured in 1966, he resigned shortly thereafter. In 1969, Pike and his new wife drove into the Israeli desert. They were unprepared for the journey, and when their car broke down, they separated to search for help. Pike subsequently died of exposure and thirst. ISP, 10 x 8 Elson-Alexandre Studio of Los Angeles b&w bust portrait in clerical garb signed with sentiment as Bishop of California.

Condition: Very good, top left corner creasing
Type:Photograph






[View Shopping Cart]
[Home] [Articles] [Biography] [Calendar]
[Catalogue] [Search]



enbainc@cs.com

Edward N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc.
7317 Farr Street
Annandale, VA 22003-2516
(703) 642-2040(phone & fax)




Home
Home

Articles
Articles

Biography
Biography

Calendar
Calendar

Catalogue
Catalogue

Search
Search