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Eight Logansport, Indiana, Pharos-Tribune Billy Graham's New York Crusade Stirs Both Praise and Criticism NEW YORK CUP) — Is Billy Graham's New York crusade a "success"? The answer depends on what measuring stick you use. it you expected the crusade to produce an overnight transformation in the morals and manners of Babylon-on - the - Hudson, you w>'il be disappointed. There seem to be just as many bars on 52nd Street, just a= many drunks wandering along'T i m e s Square, just as many near-naked girls cavorting in the night clubs, just as much avarice in the canyons of Wall Street, as there was before Billy Graham came to town. There is one immediately detectable difference: Religion has become a topic of conversation. It is by no means the only, or even the main, topic. But vou do hear people talking about the crusade, hold Neibuhn and Dean Francis B. Sayre of Washington Episcopal Cathedral, have accused Graham of stressing personal reform at the expense of social 'reform, of failing to put enough emphasis on the "collective sins" of society such as racial discrimination. Come Under Fire Graham has also come under fire from extreme fundamentalists, who protest his refusal to ster concerts to strictly "evangelical" churches; from the theological liberals who boggle at' his insistence on taking quite literally what the Bible says about sin and salvation, heaven and hell; and Tom middle-of-the - roart Protestant pastors who worry about the disillusionment or despair that may come to "inquirers" who discover that instantaneous conversion at a revival meeting is only the first step in a long proces of growth sometimes jestingly, sometimes very earnestly, in places where the name of Jesus Christ has not been spoken except in blasphemy {or many years. Slaiistcially Successful In purely statistical terms, the meetings which began May 15 in Madison Square Garden have been the most successful Graham has ever conducted. Attendance to date has averaged 17,800 nightly, close to the seating capacity of the Garden. On several evenings, the crowd has been so great that 2,000 or more had to be turned away. The number of people coming forward to make "decisions for Christ" — Graham cals them "inquirers" rather than "converts" has averaged 578 each night and on occasion has aproached 1,000. With the crusade now extended until July 21, it seems likely that Graham's total New York audience will exceed 1 million. The response is doubly impressive when you take into accounl the fact that only about 8 per cent of the city's residents are Protestants like Graham, while 27 per cent are Roman Catholics, 10 per cent are Jews', and 55 per cent have no church affiliation. Letters By Thousands Graham's mail — which runs more than 1,000 letters a day- indicates that a sizeable number of Catholics and Jews are attending his meetings. And a spokesman for the Graham team said there have been "many" Catholics and Jews among those who have come forward to make "decisions." The sharpest criticism of the Graham crusade has come from other Protestants, who dislike the methods of highly - .organized evangelism and doubt the value of mass conversions in a revival atmosphere. The Christian Century, an old snd respected magazine with a wide circulation among Protestant clergymen of all major denominations, has asserted in editorials that "there is something horrifying in this monstrous juggernaut rolling over every sensitivity to its Euro triumph." Others, like theologican Rein- n the wrath and judgment of od, and more on His love and ercy? In reply, he quoted his predeces- or in evangelism, John Wesley: "Before I can preach grace, I iust preach law and judgment." Graham said he tries in every ermon to cut through the shell'of self - righteousness" which keeps nan from "recognizing their need ( salvation." He does not shy way from the doctrine of eternal unishment. of the ' unrepentant, ncongenial as it may be to the modern mind, because: "Only when we see ourselves .as inners under judgment are we eady to accept the forgiveness, ie reconciling love of God which offered to us in Christ." in grace which must continue throughout a Christian's life. I asked Graham about these criticisms and misgivings during a long private interview in his hotel suite. He declined to talk about some of the sharper, more personal attacks. "There are enough divisions among Christians already," he said. "I decided a long time ago that I wouldn't answer some of these things. I don't believe the Lord called me to add to the controversies in His family." Quotes John Wesley I told him some people felt his preaching depended too heavily on an appeal to fear. 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