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Evil Zwingli Meme Continues…

March 13, 2008

Kevin Wilson has tagged me in Doug Chaplin’s Zwingli Meme. The whole point of this meme seems to get back at Jim West, who has been clogging all our RSS readers with quotes from Huldrych Zwingli for years.

The rules of this meme are simple:

  1. Post something rude about Zwingli. (Outrageous slander especially welcome.)
  2. Tag someone who is not Jim West.

While most know of Huldrych Zwingli’s theological legacy, significance in the Reformed church and role as persecutor of the Anabaptists, many are unfamiliar with his influence in cinema.

Zwingli ChessAs the picture to the left clearly shows, Zwingli was the inspiration behind the wizard chess king piece in the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Unfortunately, the production team thought it best that a visor was added to his helm because Zwingli looked like Elmer Fudd and wore lipstick and eyeliner. While this helped to insure the PG rating that the studio sought for the movie, it nonetheless obscured the reference for all but the most die-hard Zwingli fanboys.

I tag the emminent Waldensian pastor and biblical scholar John F. Hobbins.

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