“It was the best example of the fusion of faith and rock ‘n’ roll,” says David DiSabatino, a young fan at the time who is working on a documentary about Mr. Norman. “He was the icon of the Jesus Movement when you’re talking music. He’s their Bob Dylan character.”
Larry Norman, the man known as “The Father of Christian Rock,” has died.
Richard Leigh, who has died aged 64, was a co-author of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, one of the most controversial books of the 1980s; in 2006, with Michael Baigent, he lost his plagiarism case against the American Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, the spectacularly successful thriller which they claimed was based on their book.
Madeleine L’Engle, who in writing more than 60 books, including childhood fables, religious meditations and science fiction, weaved emotional tapestries transcending genre and generation, died Thursday in Connecticut. She was 88.
The Rev. D. James Kennedy, 76, a prominent television evangelist whose political influence extended to the highest levels of the nation’s leaders, died Sept. 5 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He had complications from a heart attack suffered in December.
George K. Otis Sr., who founded High Adventure Ministries, a Simi Valley-based Christian organization best known for operating what was probably the first radio station in the Middle East to preach the Gospel and play country music, has died. He was 90.
Long considered a thorn to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his search for truth, Tanner gained notoriety among Mormons for challenging their faith. He authored more than 40 books, including Mormonism – Shadow or Reality, and published reams of research papers and pamphlets assailing the church’s doctrine and history. He believed that an accurate and complete history would prove the faith false.
John Beloff, psychologist, born April 19 1920; died June 1 2006 The psychologist John Beloff, who has died aged 86, was best known for initiating and nurturing the academic study of parapsychology in Britain. Born and educated in London, he was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants who had settled near Hampstead Heath. He was the fourth of five children, one of whom was his older brother Max (later Lord) Beloff, the founding vice chancellor of Buckingham University. In 1937, John began training at the Architectural Association in Bedford Square, but he found it profoundly unsatisfying. While serving in the
W.W. Finlator took his Christianity seriously and acted on it all his long and productive life, speaking out on difficult issues and poking verbal thorns in the sides of those who could bring about change. When he died Monday at age 93 in Raleigh, his strong voice of concern for the underprivileged and the downtrodden finally fell silent. But his courage and determination will long stand as a model of the loving critic. For more than a quarter of a century, W.W. Finlator was pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh and one of the most recognizable church leaders
W.W. “Bill” Finlator, the outspoken former pastor of Raleigh’s Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, has died at age 93. Finlator, a fiery preacher, controversial pastor and longtime liberal political activist, died of pneumonia Monday night, said his son, Wallace Finlator Jr., a Raleigh lawyer, on Tuesday. Finlator, a Louisburg native who grew up in Raleigh, led Pullen for 26 years, from 1956 to 1982. He championed civil rights and opposed the Vietnam War. In retirement he continued writing and speaking out against war, poverty and the death penalty, and in favor of civil liberties, women’s rights and workers’ interests. “He thought