Knippers, conservative critic of mainline, dies

One of Time magazine's 25 most influential evangelicals
Diane Knippers, 53, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a conservative center best known for decrying progressive stances and liberal leaders in mainline denominations, died April 18 in Arlington, Virginia, of complications from cancer.

Knippers, a fixture at the Washington-based IRD since 1982 and its president since 1993, in February was named by Time magazine as one of the country’s 25 most influential evangelicals. She had battled colon cancer for more than a year and had been granted a seven-month writing leave on April 4.

Knippers recently worked with the National Association of Evangelicals as coeditor of “Toward an Evangelical Public Policy,” a political manifesto that urges conservative Christians to expand their policy agendas.


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