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Great Days In Theological History

October 11, 2010

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.

True story.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2010 3:22 pm

    youre such a goober

    • October 12, 2010 12:28 pm

      I don’t speak redneck. However, I’ll assume that ‘goober’ means extremely attractive and accurate historian in its denotative sense, and awesomely articulate, good-looking, and honest portrayer of the past in its connotative sense.

      Just to be safe–as I don’t fully understand your backwater lingo–I’ll assume you meant both!

  2. Katie permalink
    October 11, 2010 4:27 pm


  3. October 11, 2010 4:46 pm

    More to the thankful for this Thanksgiving. Thanks for the timely history lesson Scott.

  4. October 11, 2010 11:13 pm

    Ok wait, this is just ridiculous. It’s Christopher Columbus Day (for Italians?), Coming out Day (for the GLBTQI community?), and the day Zwingli was killed in battle? God must have a serious sense of humor.

  5. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    October 12, 2010 8:36 am

    Agathos really doesn’t like this guy Zwingli, does he?

    Rod of Alexandria: GLBTQI? GLBT I understand (the most unpronounceable acronym in recent history, with a sound like John Denver being Strangled), but where does the “QI” come in?


    • October 12, 2010 8:53 am

      Q comes from Queer, I for Intersexed. I refer to communities the names which they choose to be called.

      • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
        October 12, 2010 11:01 am

        “O Knights Who Formerly Said ‘NI!’…”

      • October 14, 2010 8:42 pm

        Thanks…I’m lesbian and I didn’t even know that. I agree. That acronym is ridiculous.

  6. nazani14 permalink
    October 14, 2010 3:05 pm

    I love reading about heretics. Simon Magus is my fave- too bad his church didn’t survive; I love a good show.

  7. March 22, 2012 5:34 pm

    What a lovely day for a 374398! SCK was here

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