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Mark Oppenheimer writes the monthly ‘Beliefs’ column for The New York Times and also reports for The Atlantic, The Nation, This American Life, and elsewhere. His most recent book is The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side (2013).
Face-to-face proselytizers look me in the eye and make a pitch, and while you could say that they are trying to sell me something, I prefer to say they’re trying to save my soul. Or improve our country.