Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009)
Justin Taylor reports that Richard John Neuhaus passed away this morning in New York at the age of 72. Over the years, Neuhaus has had a profound impact on the way I think about Christianity in the public square. He was an astute observer of contemporary culture and through his magazine, First Things, was able to provide thoughtful commentary on how the church should be living against the world for the world.
He was the co-drafter, along with Chuck Colson, of the highly controversial document, Evangelicals and Catholics Together. Sadly, in some circles, this controversy may be the only thing people remember about Neuhaus. But there was much more to the man. Anytime Neuhaus spoke (or wrote) he was worth listening to. He will be sorely missed. Thankfully, his contribution as a public intellectual will be felt for a long time.
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