Oral Roberts: Salesman for God

[Originally published on The Guardian‘s Comment is free in 2009]

Oral Roberts, who died on Wednesday, sold lonely women handkerchiefs to weep in and changed American Christianity

The late Oral Roberts was a healer, an exorcist, a preacher, a televangelism pioneer, an ecumenist and a cultural icon whose life and message united popular religion with the American Dream.

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