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Note: Christianity Today has also published an obituary, and a reflection on Colson's life and legacy by his biographer, Jonathan Aitken.

One of Charles Colson's many influential roles in his later life included acting as a key adviser during the George W. Bush administration. The founder of Prison Fellowship was an adviser on issues such as the faith-based initiatives, human rights, the war in Sudan, persecution, AIDS in Africa, sex trafficking, prison reform, and partial birth abortion. Karl Rove, President Bush's deputy chief of staff, spoke with Christianity Today about Colson's impact politically, culturally, and spiritually.

What do you think of Chuck Colson's life and ministry?

He is the ultimate story of redemption. In all of my dealings with him in the last 15–20 years, I found him to be one of the most kind and gentle and thoughtful human beings I've ever met. His life was a witness to his deep faith, and he nurtured the faith of others in deep and profound ways. We can talk about all the things he did to influence our culture and stand for principles of faith. To me, as remarkable as they are, [it's more remarkable] that he mixed that with a life in which he took a personal interest in the salvation of so many people he came in contact with and did so in a thoughtful, compassionate, and caring way. I personally benefited from it in the status of my faith and the condition of my soul. It was deeply moving to me and he made a profound difference in my life. What I saw was a profound influence in so many lives he came into contact with.

May I ask about your faith and where you are?

Well, I'm a Christian. I was a born a Presbyterian and became an Episcopalian. Chuck took a personal interest in deepening my faith. I really ...

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