Great Days In Theological History
Sometimes the Catholics just got things right. October 11 1531 is one of those days. Huldrych Zwingli was among a group of hastily assembled soldiers in the Zurich Army that met an army nearly twice their size.
The Death of Zwingli:
As usual, Zwingli was pretty drunk as he stumbled out onto the field after a night of drinking and womanizing. In addition, he also suffered from depression for what he correctly perceived (even Zwingers got something right once in awhile) as lack of quality in his own theological writings.
Tottering around the battle field in a drunken haze, Zwingli was surrounded by Catholic forces and he declared his famous last words, “I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me.” It is unclear whether Zwingli was run through, or was going to be arrested and he passed out and fell on a sword, thereby, ending his own life.
Hundreds of years later, while riding a tour bus, musician Beck was reading a book, The Great Heretics, and in the last words of Zwingli he found the inspiration he needed for the chorus of his ubiquitous 90’s hit.