Ulrich Zwinglis Spiritualität: Ein Beispiel reformierter Frömmigkeit

Gottes Wort führt nicht auf Abwege und lässt niemanden in der Finsternis umherirren. Es speist den menschlichen Geist, erhellt die menschliche Seele mit allem Heil und allen Gnaden, erfüllt sie mit Gottvertrauen, sodass diese Gott in sich innerlich aufnimmt. Im Worte lebt sie, zum Worte strebt sie. (Zwingli 1522)

Ulrich Zwingli und die reformierte Tradition überhaupt sind spiritueller als ihr Ruf. Samuel Lutz zeigt auf, dass sich Zwinglis Spiritualität nicht im Verborgenen abspielt, sondern in das kirchliche, politische und alltägliche Leben ausstrahlt. Für Zwingli gehören sowohl geistliches und gesellschaftliches Leben als auch Theologie und Spiritualität untrennbar zusammen. Ein Schatz an Zitaten aus Zwinglis Schriften lassen Leserinnen und Leser unmittelbar eintauchen in Zwinglis Gedankenwelt und an seiner Spiritualität teilhaben.

Interested persons can read the front matter, table of contents, and the first chapter here.

The great thing about this little volume is that it explores the importance of spirituality not only in one’s personal life but in one’s Church life and political life and then it turns to investigate the place of spirituality in ‘everyday’ life.

The way many modern Christians compartmentalize their Christianity is problematic, to be charitable.  This contribution to the theological enterprise shows in no uncertain terms how authentic faith has implications for every sphere of life.  And it’s all based firmly in the theological tradition commencing with Huldrych Zwingli.

Zwingli may be best well known for his dispute with Luther over the Supper, or his chaplaincy at the Battle of Kappel, but those who know him best know him as a profoundly gifted Pastor/ Teacher/ Theologian whose main interest was lived faith and who wrote voluminously to that end.

Every page of this book is festooned with citations from Zwingli about whatever issue or topic is being discussed.  Each chapter features a quotation from Zwingli’s Works to begin.

Particularly moving, perhaps because of the present circumstances here in the United States, is the chapter on Spirituality and Political Life.

Der Prophet darf nicht schweigen

wrote Zwingli in his exposition of Matthew.  Prophets, of course, are Pastors.  Or better, Pastors are Prophets.  And they must not be silent.  They may not be silent.  Yet many are.  To the detriment of the Church, society, and their own spirituality.

And equally relevant,

Keine Obrigkeit ist Herrin über die Gewissen der Menschen.

So Zwingli in his magisterial ‘Divine and Human Righteousness’.

This volume, throughout, draws readers to a reconsideration of their own spirituality.  To their own Christianity.  Guided by Zwingli, via the insightful remarks of Lutz, readers have the opportunity to dive deeply into their faith.  And consider it afresh.

This is a lovely, pious, delightful volume.  I recommend it.  Do not miss it.