On the passing of Jerry Falwell

Upon hearing of the death of Jerry Falwell, the founding president of Liberty University and founding pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson released this statement:

“I have lost a great friend. America has lost a great patriot. Nevertheless all followers of Jesus rejoice for Dr. Falwell today even as we sorrow together with his entire family over our loss. Dr. Falwell’s shadow falls across the face of the rebirth of conservative values in our nation, in the Southern Baptist Convention, and in the entire evangelical world. Only once in a generation will a man of his stature arise. We all owe him a debt of eternal gratitude.”


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