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In Which Zwingli Responds to Luther’s ‘Sermon Against the Rabble-Rousers’

28 Mar

On the 28th of March the following volume appeared in Zurich –  Früntlich verglimpfung über die predig Luthers wider die Schwermer (Zürich, 1527) [BSB / PDF] [e-rara / PDF].  Written by Zwingli, it calls into question Luther’s extremely unpleasant denunciation of everyone with whom he has the smallest disagreement.  Luther basically damned anyone who didn’t see things as he did- he was rude like that.

In chief, Luther’s view of the Supper of the Lord is once again questioned (as it had been in the just published Amica Exegesis) and Luther’s unwillingness to come to some equally satisfying agreement on the topic is wondered about aloud.

It seems Zwingli had his stomach full of Luther’s accusation that Zwingli and his coworkers were servants of the devil.  Of this wretched and obnoxious attitude, Zwingli reminds Luther of Romans 14:10, ‘Warumb urteilst du eins andren herren eigenman?’  Luther, of course, didn’t think he had.  He thought he had denounced heretics and as everyone knows, heretics are fair game for all manner of denunciation.  Otherwise, they lead others to hell.  Anyway, as we all know, on this subject, it was Luther who was the heretic.

Zwingli on the bronze doors by Otto Münch (193...

Zwingli remarks

Ich zwyfel nit, christlicher laeser, du vallist in etwas unmuots, so du dise min verglimpfung und ableinung, dero vast not ist, über des treffenlichen Martin Luthers predig, wider die schwermer vom sacrament des lychnams und bluots Christi geton und beschriben, ansehist, darumb daß du sorgest, es werde zwytracht under denen, die ouch bim euangelio stond.

And later on asserts

Demnach redt Luther also von uns schwermeren: “Nun haben sy fürnemlich zwey ding, die sy ufbringend wider uns. Zum ersten sagend sy: es schicke sich nit, das Christus lyb und bluot soell imm brot und win sin. Zum anderen, es sye nit von noeten”. Sich, frommer laeser, wie wir armen schwermer so übel mit demm fürsprechen versorgt sind. Er gibt erstlich dar, wir redind, es schicke sich nit, glych als ob wir das “nitschicken” menschlicher vernunfft naach messind, das es sich derselben nach nit schicke; dann dahin reychend sine ebenbild, die er harnach gibt, das er uns herrgot gern bereden woelte mit ebenbilden, die doch gar kintlich sind unnd sich dahin nit rymend, als hernach kommen wirt. Aber wir gebend umb die ebenbild nit, es sye dann grund der gschrifft vor da; denn lassend wir ebenbild zuo erklaerung dienen und nit wyter.

Luther was so unmeasured at times. Perhaps because he frequently teetered on the fringe of instability.

 
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