From the March, 2006 issue of Touchstone
Lost Shepherd by Ian Hunter

Lost Shepherd

A Passionate Pilgrim:
A Biography Of Bishop James A. Pike
by David M. Robertson
Knopf, 2004
(304 pages, $24.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Ian Hunter

Episcopal Bishop James Pike may be a forgotten man today, but four decades ago he made a big splash in the ecclesiastical pond, albeit usually because of self-aggrandizing, sometimes heretical, remarks. David Robertson, the author of previous biographies of the slave rebel Denmark Vesey and of American Secretary of State James Byrnes, demonstrates in this carefully researched and lively biography that there was ever less to Bishop Pike than met the eye. More important, he traces, through one bishop’s career, the sad decline of the Epi . . .


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