In its heyday the Oracle, an arty psychedelic monthly spawned in Haight-Ashbury, was one of the better-known underground newspapers and had an international circulation of 100,000. Its pages featured sex, drugs, anarchy, Eastern religion—and eye-poppingly explicit photos. The changing scene brought hard times more than a year ago. This month the Oracle resumes publication—to headline the message of Jesus.
The big switch was set up last fall when editor-publisher David Abraham received Christ on Haight Street in San Francisco. He transferred all rights to the Jesus people who live at Harvest House, a Christian commune in Haight-Ashbury headed by Golden Gate Baptist Seminary graduate Oliver Heath.
Chris D’Alessandro, a former junkie and heroin dealer who led Abraham to Christ, is the new editor. He says the converted Oracle will have an initial press run of 20,000.
“The Oracle has always been dedicated to a search for truth,” said Abraham. Now, he affirmed, it will proclaim the truth.
The Oracle is the latest addition to dozens of underground-type newspapers published by street Christians in the United States and Canada.They include: Hawaii Free Paper, Box 8141, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii 96815; Hollywood Free Press, Box 1891, Hollywood, Ca. 90028; Maranatha Free Press, P.O. Box 40, Station A, Vancouver, B.C.; Right On, Box 4309, Berkeley, Ca. 94704; Truth, P.O. Box 3455, Spokane, Wash. 99220. Most are monthlies. Several exceed the 90,000-circulation mark of the Los Angeles Free Press, largest of the hundreds of secular underground papers.
Right On, put out by the Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley, was the first big Jesus paper, appearing on Telegraph Avenue July 1, 1969. It grew from 20,000 at the outset to more than 100,000 ...1
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