By anyone's measure, Bill Buckley's prodigious intellect helped reshape and revitalize the modern conservative movement. He also put an attractive and winsome face on conservatism.
Buckley was a formative influence for me, beginning with his earliest writings. Over time, we became very close friends. We shared some rich spiritual experiences, visiting prisons, during "Firing Line" visits, and in private conversation. I have no question about the sincerity and depth of his faith.
Someone else will pick up his work, but no one will replace him. He was a man God raised up for this time.
On a strictly personal basis, I will really miss him, his many encouraging notes to me, his frequent references to me in his work and writings, and the wonderful friendship we enjoyed. I remain deeply indebted to Bill, and grieve his passing.
Charles W. Colson