Rev. Peter Gomes passed away; if you are not familiar with Rev. Gomes, he is worth reading about. I have read two of his books; in recent, I read The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus. I am not sure many would call him an academic, but his point of view vis-à-vis Christianity was profound. Regardless, he was scholarly. Gomes made headlines in recent years by a) endorsing the Republican Party and b) announcing that he was a homosexual. Due to the problem of homophobia in the black community, this was a surprise. Also, being a black homosexual Republican is an oddity in and of itself. I was fortunate enough to hear the late Harvard Chaplin speak while doing some work at Princeton six years ago. I was beyond impressed. Two books and a number of articles later, I can easily say his death is unfortunate to the rest of us.