Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the controversial but popular Unification Church, died Monday from complications of pneumonia in South Korea. Moon, 92, had been very active until recently, officiating a mass wedding for 2,500 in the spring and leading a church service with more than 15,000 parishioners in July. Critics have long attacked the church as a fringe organization, and questioned its finances. Today, Moon's church has 3 million followers, including 100,000 in the U.S. The church has a number of holdings, including the Washington Times newspaper and the iconic New Yorker Hotel.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Will Kobani be ISIS's Waterloo?
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 5 baffling foreign-language versions of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song
- How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy
- Bob Odenkirk's 6 favorite books
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
Subscribe to the Week