The life of Reverend Peter J. Gomes, a self-described oddity, may appear to be somewhat of an enigma. Rev. Gomes, widely considered one of the country's leading preachers, died Monday at 68. Gomes was a gay black Baptist preacher and a registered Republican (he became a Democrat in 2006 and supported Deval Patrick for Massachusetts Governor). And yet, while these seeming contradictions--notably being Christian and gay--are irreconcilable to some, according to Rev. Gomes, his identity was "reconciled in me by a loving God."

When Reverend Gomes spoke to Big Think in 2009, we asked him what he hoped his legacy would be. “He made us think” would be a very nice epitaph, said Gomes: