His millions of fans and admirers around the world have known this was coming. Religion scholar Huston Smith was well into his 90s. His mind was sharp, but his hearing was failing. He had taken to a wheelchair in recent years. His last books were inspired -- but short.
When I was a child, the Christian church my family attended and where my grandma played the organ felt like home. I loved Sunday school. The youth ministers were like family. I enthusiastically chose to be baptized. I could recite all the books of the bible in order, although now I'm not sure why.