Dear Quiz Kids:

The recent radio trivia games (Who was Lamont Cranston?) made me think that you religiophiles might, as a respite from life’s trials, enjoy a quiz on the minutiae of American religion. Your grasp of the grand sweep of great events and major doctrines of the faith may be profound, but the real depth of your religious erudition will be seen in your ability to retrieve the tidbits of info called for by the following questions:

1. Who was Billy Sunday’s song leader during his heyday, and what instrument did he play?

2. George Baker married a blonde and commuted between his several heavens. By what name was this religious figure better known?

3. Name the third dispensation.

4. Who preached the highly publicized 1922 sermon, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?”

5. You have often sung, “Here I raise mine Ebenezer.” Just what is it you are here raising?

6. What priest from the Shrine of the Little Flower was a frequent critic of FDR on his national radio broadcast?

7. What flamboyant evangelist was thought drowned in the Pacific Ocean in 1926 only to turn up five weeks later in Mexico alleging kidnaping?

8. What publisher is said to have telegraphed his editors: “Puff Graham”?

9. On what basis were ministers formerly categorized as strong, young, or crude?

10. What religious broadcaster invites listeners to establish a “point of contact” with him? How? Why?

If you answer all ten correctly (answers on page 40), you are entitled to a splinter from a chair demolished by Billy Sunday during a sermon in his 1915 Omaha campaign; for nine right, a swatch of skin from a rattlesnake handled by a miracle-worker in the hills of Tennessee to demonstrate his powers; for eight correct, a drop of duck blood like that poured by Father Philip Berrigan ...

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