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Was Oral Roberts, the influential and controversial TV evangelist who died Tuesday at age 91, the most important American religious figure of the 20th century?
Grant Wacker, professor of Christian history at Duke University, thinks so. He tells Post reporter Michelle Boorstein:
“I’d say if we set aside Billy Graham and Martin Luther King and Falwell in the sense that their influence was religious but also political and social, outside them Roberts was the most important religious figure in the second half of the 20th Century. Just as a religious figure. And in lots of ways.
“The most obvious way was he brought Pentecostalism out of the backwoods and made it respectable. One cannot imagine the modern day Pentecostalism without him. He transformed its image, but also its practice.”
Do you agree?