The Cross and the Switchblade Setting & Symbolism

David Wilkerson
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Life Magazine

"Life" was a popular and influential American magazine for several decades. Unlike other news magazines such as "Time" or "Newsweek," the editorial content of "Life" was composed mostly of photographs, a fact that suggest that the author's reaction to the story of the Dragons and Michael Farmer (see "Important People" above) was triggered as much by what he saw as by what he read.

Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

This is the author's home town, a small community where he preached in a "little mountain church." The fact that the town is surrounded and protected by mountains has two possible, non-mutually exclusive, metaphoric values. The first is that the community, and by extension the author, is protected from the dark, worldly sides of humanity found in larger centers like New York, while the second is that he is surrounded and protected by the Holy Spirit and by his faith...

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