Wow. Lisp has closures, and it dates back to 1958. Not that I like Lisp a whole lot. I prefer to have syntax beyond parenthesis.
When I need closures and a functional programming paradigm, I usually turn to OCaml myself. (Cue hated from the lisp crowd)
Seriously, programming language preference is like editor preference. It has a lot to do with what you are most used to, and a lot to do with how your mind happens to be most comfortable thinking.
I prefer the much shorted debugging period afforded by strongly typed statically typed languages, even though it forces me to jump through some hoops that a weakly typed dynamically typed language would save me form.