“Realtor Brenda Phelps likes to point out the sights to those contemplating a move to Lynchburg: ‘There’s Jerry’s church. There’s Jerry’s mountain.’ Once, when asked if Jerry Falwell personally owned that land overlooking the city, she said no, Liberty University did — ‘but it’s Jerry’s mountain.’
“Lynchburg is one of those cities that, in the Roman tradition, claim to be built on seven hills, and Jerry Falwell, who died on May 15 at age 73, was a man of many mountains. He’s probably best known for founding the Moral Majority in 1979 and quickly growing it to 6.5 million members: It played a major role in electing Ronald Reagan but faded in the late 1980s.
“Liberty University is another Falwell mountain: It began as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 and [. . .] now claims almost 10,000 students in residence, with 15,000 more in distance learning programs. He hoped some day to have Liberty play Notre Dame in football and joked [. . .] that he was officially Liberty’s chancellor but primarily its athletic director.”
Marvin Olasky, writing on “Jerry’s Mountains,” in the May 26 issue of World