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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, April 20, r THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 7 CHRISTIAN TABERNACLE Cor. 5th and 13lh.ll. SALVATION HEALINGS MIRACLES Pastor. REV. T. W. ROYCROFT Service Service LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd S. A. D. GOLDSMITH, Pastor p.m. Chinese Alliance Services Pastor J. CHUANG FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL "SPRING CLEANING IN THE HOUSE OF GOD" "DEMONS IN THE WORLD" BETHANY BAPTIST CHURCH (North American Baptist General Conference) 329-19th Street North H 328-2045 and English classes) Worship Service Gospel Service "We preach Christ the Power and the Wisdom of God" Lethbridge Christian Reformed Church; Invites You to Listen to the Back to God Hour Every Sunday Night at p.m. over CHEC Radio Using Romans 6 this radio message GOOD NEWS ABOUT NEW LIFE shows us how the power from Christ's victory can bring marvellous changes in our life today. This is a message of hope for you, if you lost hope. The Christian Reformed Church is located at 1807 2nd Ave. "A" North in the City Services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You are invited cordially LETHBRIDGE PENTECOSTAL TABERNACLE PASTOR M. L. ISRAEL3ON 520 7th Street South Home ol the Hour Listen every Sunday p.m. CJOC 1220 a.m School (Classes for all ages) Worship 6 30 Service p April 24th REV. W. E. KIRSCHKE of Springfield, Missouri (well known camp and convention speaker) p.m. People's Service A hearty invitation is extended to all and a warm welcome awaits you. LETHBRIDGE ROMAN CATHOLIC PARISHES WEEKEND MASSES ST. PATRICK'S CORNER 4th AVE. and 10th ST. S. SATURDAY, p m Obligation SUNDAY, a.m., a.m., 12 Noon ASSUMPTION 2405 12th AVE. S. SATURDAY, Obligation SUNDAY, 8 a.m., 9-30 a.m., a.m., p.m. Folk Mass Hall ST. BASIL'S 604-13 ST. SOUTH p.m. (SUNDAY OBLIGATION) 30 a.m., a.m., a.m., noon a.m. Sunday THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA (EPISCOPAL) SAINT AUGUSTINE'S Corner 4th Avenue and 11 th Street South REVEREND L FRANK LEE. B.A. S T.B Rector REVEREND DEREK HOSKIN, L Th., Curate DENNIS WHiTELEY, A MuS T C L A R C O. Organist and Choirmaster Communion Communion Eucharist, Senior Choir (Nursery available) MIDWEEK SERVICES Tuesday, April 23, Communion Thursday, April 25. Communion ST. MARY THE VIRGIN Rector- The Reverend Canon Robert W Cowan, B A. Lth. OCTAVE DAY OF EASTER 8 00 a School in Parish Hall Eucharist Vestry WEEKDAY SERVICES Tuesday, St. George, Thursday, St. Mark, Saturday, for Communion OCCULT bookstores: Searching for answers s stock many books reflecting interest reflecting interest in the occult. Occult interest suggests technology faith shattered By LOUISE SWEENEY Christian Science Monitor NEW YORK, N.Y. He has been standing in line for two hours, on one of New York's stinging cold days, waiting to see The Exorcist. As the long line began to inch into the theatre, a chauffeured Rolls Royce hummed up to the curb. Then as he later told friends, "A little old lady jumped out and said she'd give me for my ticket." He decided that wasn't bad pay for a couple of hours, sold her the ticket, then got back in a new line to buy another ticket. He was joining the 4 million people who have already paid over million to see the film, queueing up for hours in lines winding around city blocks, often in awful weather, to see an occult thriller supposed to shock audiences into nausea, fainting, or more severe forms of physical and mental illness. The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin from William Peter Blatty's best seller, is riding the crest of the current occult wave in the United States. It's a graphic horror story about the apparent "possession" of a 12 year old girl by a personalized devil, murderous, evil, and obscene a demonic presence cast out in the film's climatic scene through rites performed by two Roman Catholic priests, who die doing so. Those who take the pulse of the public are mystified and in some cases deeply concerned over occultism's effect on U.S. society. Right now, it's a society apparently mesmerized by what Newsweek calls in a cover story "the exorcism frenzy." Since the film opened in late December, there has been a media blitz of stories about exorcism, possession, demonology, and satanism. They are part of the which derives from the Latin root "occultus" (covered up) and means that which is "deliberately not revealed to "secret." It includes all the current, popular forms of the phenomenon: witchcraft, fortune telling, ESP, astrology, and horoscopes, the tarot, the Chinese I Ching, alchemy, voodoo, spiritualism, black and white magic, palmistry, graphology, etc. All these forms of the occult have one thing in common: a belief in hidden or mysterious power, and worship of the uncertain, rather than a revealed, omnipotent God. Observers like anthropologist Margaret Mead believe today's craze for the occult mirrors a society in turmoil. Dr Mead told The Christian Science Monitor. "When there is a degree of breakdown in established institutions, there is a proliferation of superstition, an outbreak of astrology, soothsaying, divination, all sorts of things. It happened in the Middle Ages and the end of Rome. Whenever there is the end of an epoch, there is a proliferation of this sort of thing. The desperate commercialization, the sense of immediacy created by the media make it appear to be more than it is. No, I don't think it (interest in the occult) will have any lasting effect on our society, particularly. It's just a fad." Whether it's passing fad or a flashing red light signaling danger ahead, the occult is unquestionably big business. Warner Brothers estimates that at the current rate, its film version of The Exorcist will gross million, breaking the previous record of "The Godfather" Bantam Books, publishers of the paperback edition of The Exorcist, reports that the book has just gone into its 31st printing, nearly 10 million copies, with 3 million sold just since, the film opened. A cultural paradox is at work in America today: the stainless steel society glistening with technology and bristling with scientific rationality suddenly reverts to the occult. Why? Dr. Rollo May, psychotherapist and author of best sellers like Love and Will gave his explanation in an interview: "We've been drunk, intoxicated with our own form of optimism, believing we'll always be rich, with a superfluity of gadgets and dependence on them. It's been a real drunkenness, an escape from reality by means of external things. When this suddenly decapitated, there is anxiety. The lapse into the occult is a way of managing anxiety "There has been a great furor over the presence of evil in Watergate, the atom bomb, pollution that is, all evil. That (appearing of evil) has surprised everybody. So they've gone into extreme forms of the occult. The great interest in exorcism is an example." Espiscopal Bishop Paul Moore Jr. of New York says: "The total faith in science and technology as being the final answer to truth and human problems obviously has been badly shattered since the Second World War, and in the last few years in the U.S. particularly. The energy crisis, inflation, unnecessary wars have built up so that most persons question science as the final answer "Whenever people are going through a time of great insecurity in economic and political life as they are now, in interpersonal relationships as they are now, and in violent cultural change, they do tend, to reach out into the non rational levels of reality more than in quieter, calmer times." There has been little interest in the occult on Broadway only one play in the last two seasons Voices, a ghost story starring Julie Harris and Richard Kiley. Spokesman for the three TV networks say the occult is not a trend there, that there are no plans for series, pilots or TV movies on this theme. The occult phenomenon pervades diverse areas of our culture. There is "warlock" (male witch) shop in Brooklyn. In Washington you can buy bubble bath to "wash away" evil spirits, or "anti devil" floor wax, and most cities are littered with fortune tellers. The current onslaught of occult publicity is "an inexcusable exploitation of our says Dr. Donald Smith, a Protestant clergyman with a degree in pastoral psychology who is president of Manhattan's Institute of Religion and Health, a clinic aiding those in need of psychological and religious counseling. "At times when every convention, every belief is questioned people have to believe in something. So they turn to anything that comes up religion on the cheap." The Rev. Juan Cortes is a Jesuit psychologist at Washington's Georgetown University, where part of The Exorcist was filmed. He suggests that there is a "morbid curiosity" about the occult today: "When faith in God decreases, superstition increases." Fr. Cortes says, "No, I think a film like The Exorcist is not helpful (to For instance, I've just finished talking to a lady who has a boy 14 years old, and in the two weeks since he saw the movie he has not eaten anything. He needs help Some people find the film a religious experience. I think they're in the minority. I think it is shallow, superficial. You can't bring people to God by scaring them to death. You can't do a positive thing by negative means." That raises the question of whether the occult phenomenon contains any positive aspects. The Rev Charles Long, executive secretary of the World Council of Churches, says, "I feel it reflects a new interest in the transcendental and it indicates a criticism of the churches for failing to help people deal with the depth of the spiritual longings in man "This phenomenon will pass as people look more deeply, are not satisfied with superficial interpretations of the difficult The church can take this opportunity for teaching that God is the one to be trusted, that He has all power to overcome fear and explain powers that seem beyond our control." No date for movie No Lethbridge opening date has been scheduled for the motion picture entitled The Exorcist. Bob Shackleford, manager of the Paramount Theatre, said this week he is still waiting for a print to become available. Mr. Shackleford said the earliest possible screening would be late May or early June. BEREAN -RiSTADELPHIANS 'thStrtet south Service PU1'H ABOUT THE FUTURE LIFE" Spi .'vit. H. Blacker V.'t.J 'ccday. 8 a.m. Bible Class A-' T-. M-I.COME AWAITS YOU EVAMGE ,L FREE CHURCH 12U> PASTOR "A re 5ad Mayor J. JOST PHONE 327-8113 oervice Invitation to AH" LAKEVIEW BRETHREN CHURCH Patter r e. St. South rvy Unrau 329-3S42 1 Suf. "TH LIV, VIS Scnool OF CHRISTIAN OUTREACH ,f-iing Service" "Where the Lc- People Appreciated" t Baptist Church Intere Pure Bible Study? In Wi 2Vist Has For You? Meet' P Abound God's Word at p.m. 7' '4th Ave. South Churc 16th St. ?y 327-4786 c.-ry Spicer Phone 327-1156 9th A. Rtv. R r Aiiiil. r c Rev A You i.V 1014- MlniE Presbyterian Church] English Worship Hungarian Wor Sunday Schoo JG North Lethbridge '-ecrga Teles B.A., B.D., M.lh. C-ganisl-MiS9 Vivian Toth a.m. a.m. a.m. iW'S PRESBX, IRIAN CHURCH Minis O gan. SEPv z Avenue South L D HonMnson B A Vancer Kooy NOT CONDEMN" "ooi Ail Classes from 3rad3 Six Nursery Available. AND SUM OF CHRISTIAN Church Ministc Director of 11-00 am "LOST _ 3'00 p NICOLA first NCI ADMIEP 7 00 p m First Bf. No even "YOU AP BETH Jhurcnill BAM Div. D Barrv Waterlow L T.C.L School ic J 'iE3S FOUND BY RISK" Concert Organist on his i'i Tour Siiyer Co'leclion v i p T'a.ning School Graduation in Calgary at FVsi Baptist Lethbridge O WORSHIP WITH US" BAPTIST Morni Service: Bi. Service Evenir r '--orvice B, Service Street prophets Bob Ripley (left) and Margaret Schollaardt share a gospel message with two girls in downtown Leth- bridge this week. The street witness was part of a Jesus Family Celebration, April 11-14, sponsored by the New Hope Centre. Rev. James Watt of Surrey, B.C., conducted Bible studies to equip the workers. THEOPHILUS- I READ MARK YOUR 16 lie thai helieveth and is hflp- tiaed shall be saied; but he Ihai he- tint shall be damned. T OP 21lt R Givens. Bible Study a m. 11 a.m 1 r 6pm i 7 30 p m i i L Intormcilon and i v 4 V Phont: WELCOME, ;