“My next guest is a very charming and provocative gentleman…”

Speaking of provocative, here is an interview from 1969 between two cultural heavyweights of their era, Woody Allen and Billy Graham. Who would put these two together? As Lou Reed might say, it’ s like ice cream and bacon. What strikes me is the tone of the interview: despite the jocularity, it is thoughtful, earnest, and respectful. They take one another and their points of view seriously. Credit both of them.

Perhaps it seems quaint now, but I deeply respect Graham’s effort to engage his culture—and without coming across like a judgmental prude. (Echoes of Paul in Athens in Acts 17?) I guess that’s why he’s Billy Graham!

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