To get a visceral sense of the real diversity of religion in America, we can look to the obituaries. Every year, people who gave their lives to one vision or another of transcendent reality and of the next life leave this one.
These 15 religious leaders, all of whom passed away this year, moved many in one way or another. They inspired Americans—and terrified them. They sang and organized, converted and advertised, prayed and preached and, for some, set an example.
And then, in 2015, they were gone.
They were each, in their own way, witnesses. Taken together, they testify to something true about America and about this moment.
Read the rest of the essay at the Washington Post: Andraé Crouch, Wayne Dyer, Clementa Pinckney and 12 other religious figures who died in 2015