A Look At One of Zwingli’s Letters

Here’s a photo of one of Zwingli’s letters, written 3 Sept., 1528.

Here’s the transcription-

Gratiam et pacem a deo.  Misissem nunc, tabellionem nactus, responsiones nostras ad Luterum, nisi nihil dubius essem ad vos dudum perlatas esse. Aliud est, quod nunc volo. Agunt privati homines Milhusani, quamvis non privata autoritate, sed eorum iussu, quorum maxime refert, ut in civitatem Tigurobernam recipiantur; id autem obscure adhuc, hoc est: caute et clam. Nos, a secretis, et ego, rem nondum retulimus, hanc potissimum ob causam, quod et vestram petitionem expectamus et nullo negocio confectam [!] iri speramus. Atque interim illis bona pollicemur, quodque ad proxima trium urbium comitia, si eis videatur, velimus referre, et quicquid e re sua putaverint fore, summa fide facturos. Hęc nolui, ut vos laterent. Rescierunt enim Milhusani, vos in hoc esse, ut in civitatem coeatis, sed non ex perfidis, verum ex fidelibus, qui sciunt, foedera urbium vestrarum, Sanctogalli et Milhusii dico, ferme esse simillima. Vos igitur, quicquid consultissimum credetis, sequamini.

Vale.

Tiguri 3. die Septembris 1528. Claronensis populus in fide verbi perstat. Huldricus Zuinglius tuus. Dem ersamen, wysen etc. herren von Watt, burgermeister zuo Santgallen.

And here’s the translation, courtesy S. Jackson

GRACE AND PEACE FROM GOD. I should have already sent you our replies to Luther, since I have gotten hold of a letter carrier, if I had not been suspicious that they had been long ago delivered to you. My present business is somewhat different. Private citizens of Muthausen urge, not of their individual authority, but rather by command of those particularly concerned, that they should he received into the alliance between Zurich and Bern. But this has been done in the dark, that is, cautiously and secretly. We, the Town clerk and I, have not yet brought up the matter, chiefly for the reason that we are awaiting your petition; and we hope that it will go thro without difficulty. Meanwhile we are making good offers to them to the effect, that if it seems good to them we are willing to refer it to the next Did of the three cities and with the greatest fidelity to do anything which they believe will be to their advantage. I was unwilling that you should remain ignorant of these matters. For the Multhausers have learned that you have under consideration joining this alliance yourself, and they have heared it not from traitors but from faithful ones who know that the alliance of your cities, I mean St. Gall and Mulhausen, are almost identical. We will follow out what you consider for your best interests. Farewell.

ZURICH, September 3, 1528.

The Glareans remain faithful to the Word.
Yours,
H. ZWINGLI.

I think it would be a lot of fun, and very instructive, to have Zwingli’s handwriting subjected to ‘handwriting analysis’.

The Blistering Evisceration of Today’s Student

Here’s the headline:

My fellow lecturers won’t say it in public, but students today are moaning, illiterate snowflakes.

It should be said right off that not all students are so simpering.  Not even, in fairness, most.  But there are some who are perfectly described in the essay.  But it is clearly true that not everyone should go to University.

When I tell people who have had nothing to do with universities recently that I’ve taught British undergraduates who are simply incapable of writing a correct sentence in English, most smirk in disbelief. Perhaps because I’m a writer of fiction they assume I’m indulging in some dramatic exaggeration. When I raise this with fellow lecturers, however, they nod mournfully.

There is still a mania that everyone should go to university and every endeavour should be a degree (whether sculpting or golf management). It’s had a very bad effect on education.

There’s an “everyone must pass” attitude, which is compounded by the “sick note” epidemic. The student who is currently suing Oxford University because it allegedly “didn’t take her anxiety seriously enough” isn’t an unusual figure.

Etc.

Goliath to Christians: Toughen Up, Buttercup

Alright folks, listen up, if you would. I won’t take too much of your time. I’m not trying to be confrontational here, but there’s something I need to address.

I am the great and mighty Philistine giant you’ve heard about since you were a baby. I am a warrior who enjoyed crushing all the little people’s skulls. Like, really, it was fun for me. If you could gather all your toughest friends, get some swords, and come at me, I’d turn all of you into red paste within three minutes, and I’d laugh while doing it.

So if you could please, please stop comparing me to your trite little first world problems, I would really appreciate it. My reputation has suffered enough already, don’t you think?

Look, I get it: your toaster broke, and that really sucks. But is that really comparable to a massive, bloodthirsty monster of a man who wants to kill you? Just think about it for a second. Go back and read about me in the Bible.

I’m sorry, it’s just that I think my legacy is tarnished every time a believer suggests their personal Goliath is some banal thing like taking the kids to soccer practice or trying to find a good contractor to install shiplap in their nook.

Did I mention I was over six cubits tall and absolutely lethal with or without weaponry? I slaughtered men wholesale, folks. All of Israel was afraid of me. I’m not really in the same league as your obnoxious boss who gets on your nerves.

So if you could cut it out with all the comparisons of me to the Doritos you’re trying not to eat, I’d really appreciate it. Do you think you could do that for me?

He has a point… not every problem is ‘your Goliath’.

Quote of the Day

The Creator gave us a deep desire to be happy. There is a deep human inclination towards happiness. Nevertheless we have no right to deduce from this inclination a right to be happy in our life on earth.  — Adrian Schenker

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#ICYMI – Gottfried Locher’s Portrait of Zwingli

Thanks to the incredible kindness of Prof. Locher’s son, Dr. Uli Locher (McGill University), I have on my study wall the very portrait of Zwingli which hung on the study wall of his father.  And I couldn’t, I just couldn’t be more honored.

So i have to show it off-  here it is fresh out of the mailer-

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And here it is, in its place of honor, on the wall behind my desk, over my right shoulder-

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Many, many thanks to Uli for this kindness.  I feel smarter already (and strangely more accountable).*

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*First posted in 2013