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May 15, 2007

RIP, Jerry Falwell

A champion of American Christianity has passed.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell has died, a Liberty University executive said Tuesday. He was 73.

Earlier, the executive said Falwell was hospitalized in “gravely serious” condition after being found unconscious in his office.

Let us remember him in our hearts and our prayers, forever.

18 Comments »

  1. He’s gone to a better place. And now America is a better place, too.

    Comment by heartyheretic — May 15, 2007 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

  2. Spoken like a true Pagan. People like you were the problem Falwell was trying to address, yet he did so with love and compassion.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 16, 2007 @ 12:36 am | Reply

  3. Heretic, yes. Pagan, no. But you’re right. As John Donne said, “Any man’s death diminishes me….”

    Comment by heartyheretic — May 16, 2007 @ 6:11 am | Reply

  4. Exactly, heretic. A great man is dead, and he deserves all the respect we can muster for him.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 16, 2007 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  5. Jerry Falwell is one of the greatest people who ever lived. Liberals who feel otherwise qwill BURN in HELL!

    Comment by Concerned Patriot — May 17, 2007 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  6. Thank god I’m a Universalist. One of my many heresies.

    Comment by heartyheretic — May 17, 2007 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  7. “Thank god I’m a Universalist. One of my many heresies.”

    Universalism isn’t heresy. My understanding is that it’s considered heathenism. I could be wrong on that, though. I’ll have to doublecheck. Strictly speaking, though, heresy is a denunciation of the Dogma from WITHIN the faith, rather than from outside it. I think I’m correct, there, but if I’m not someone will hopefully enlighten me.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 17, 2007 @ 11:42 am | Reply

  8. This website has some good ideas on it. I was leaning toward voting for Tancredo, but I may switch to Brownback after all.

    Comment by Marcia P. — May 17, 2007 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

  9. You’ve got some good points here, Sisyphus. I found a thread on Christian Forums about Origen you might want to look at (http://www.christianforums.com/t2074175-origen-saint-or-heretic.html). And I do wonder whether or not I should count as a heretic since I don’t necessarily think of myself as a Christian. I do, however, consider myself a follower of the teachings of Jesus. Oh well. Eventually God will sort us out! No, wait. I’m a Universalist. God won’t sort us out….

    Comment by heartyheretic — May 17, 2007 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  10. Falwell’s dead? WOOO HOOOO! I’ve been out partying until late to celebrate! Seriously death couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I wonder if the purple Teletubbies will be lighting the fire under the cauldron he’ll be boiling in, in hell

    Comment by Dave — May 17, 2007 @ 2:06 pm | Reply

  11. That’s an interesting forum, heretic. My point is that there’s a difference between a Catholic who decides that Islam is the way to go, and a born-and-bred Muslim who decides the same thing. The one is an apostate, the other is a heathen. Heresy is like apostasy, but not as extreme. So, a Catholic who decides that the Trinity isn’t real is on the road to Islam, and I guess would be a heretic.

    Here’s the Conservapedia definition (http://www.conservapedia.com/Heretic):

    “In the Catholic church, a heretic is anyone who teaches or preaches that which is not church doctrine or canon. Traditionally, a suspected heretic is given an opportunity to recant, or officially withdraw their heretical views and be welcomed back into the fold; a heretic who resumes his or her heretical beliefs is said to have relapsed. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, relapsed heretics were generally turned over to the state (the secular arm) for execution.”

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 17, 2007 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  12. You’re an evil man, Dave.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 17, 2007 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  13. Yeah, sometimes I’m not sure if I’m an apostate, a heretic, or what. Whatever it is, I sure am glad that the church doesn’t turn us over to the secular arm for execution anymore. By the way, PBS has been showing a great series called The Secret Files of the Inquisition. Inspite of its rather sensational title, it paints a pretty good picture of what it was like to for heretics in the past.

    Comment by heartyheretic — May 17, 2007 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  14. Not fun, I’d imagine.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 18, 2007 @ 5:12 am | Reply

  15. Sisyphus, you actually got something right. A heretic is indeed someone from inside the faith disagreeing with dogma whereas a “pagan” “heathen” or infidel” refers to one not in the faith. Really though, paganism is its own cult like spiritual religion.

    As for Falwell, I wish noone poorly and will not speak ill of the dead. He hated any kind of Christian different than his own though, so calling him a ‘great AMerican” seems way off. Not to mention he HATED Catholics & said we were all going to hell many times. didnt you call youself catholic???

    Comment by Noonan — May 19, 2007 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  16. “Sisyphus, you actually got something right. A heretic is indeed someone from inside the faith disagreeing with dogma whereas a “pagan” “heathen” or infidel” refers to one not in the faith. Really though, paganism is its own cult like spiritual religion.”

    That’s what I thought. Paganism is more of a separate religion, whereas heathenism is a more general term.

    “Not to mention he HATED Catholics & said we were all going to hell many times. didnt you call youself catholic???”

    Yes, but I think in the time of a man’s passage adopting an ecumenical and tolerant approach is the path of the better man. I didn’t always agree with Falwell, but he did do a great deal of good for American Christendom. Is it wrong to point that out at the very moment of the man’s death?

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 19, 2007 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  17. At least he’s making himself useful now, as (a lot of) food for the worms…

    Comment by Skeptic — May 21, 2007 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  18. He might be some use now he’s dead. We can make an ashtray out of his skull. Plus the amount of poisonous gas in the atmosphere is bound to plummet.

    Comment by charles — June 3, 2007 @ 11:44 am | Reply


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