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Zwingli Was Wrong about Two Things: Infant Baptism and Mary

Concerning the second, today is the anniversary of the publication of his sermon titled “The Perpetual Virginity of Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ our Saviour,” which thesis Zwingli maintained, and thus adds his name to the honoured roll of … Continue reading

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Peter Opitz on the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Reformation

This is a wonderful interview with an absolutely brilliant scholar.  It includes this Q and A- Mit Zwingli und Calvin hatte die Schweiz ihre eigenen Reformatoren. Aber sie waren inspiriert von Luthers Vorarbeit. Es gab viele wichtige Reformatoren, deren Namen … Continue reading

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Zwingli on ‘The Turks’

By which he, and his contemporaries Luther and Calvin, always meant the Muslims.  So, he mentions the Turks in a passage in which he  describes the sorry state of the Catholic Church, writing … we have become more shameless in … Continue reading

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A Blast From the Past: The 1984 Celebration of Zwingli’s 500th Birthday

With thanks to Pat Graham of Emory for this lovely gift-

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Reform of Poor Relief: Today With Zwingli

Zwingli manifested his independent and reforming spirit by criticising the department of outdoor relief in the city, and proposing on September 8, 1520, that the public alms should hereafter be given only to those who had been investigated, and could … Continue reading

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Erasmus Didn’t Appreciate Zwingli’s “Archeteles”, But He Didn’t Read it Either

“I have read some pages of your apology [Archeteles]. I beseech you for the sake of the glory of the Gospel, which I know you would favour and which we all who bear the name of Christ ought to favour, … Continue reading

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Es war nicht Zwingli allein, der die Zürcher Reformation geprägt hat

Here’s a great piece in the NZZ on the importance of Erasmus. Erasmus von Rotterdam war nie in Zürich. Und trotzdem hat er an der Limmat seine Spuren hinterlassen. Mehr noch: Ohne ihn wäre die Zürcher Reformation wohl kaum so … Continue reading

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The Journey from Zurich to Marburg

The [first stage of the trip to Marburg for the Colloquy with Luther was the] journey to Basel [which] was made on horseback, the distance from Zurich being about sixty miles, and Zwingli and his friend arrived there safely, September … Continue reading

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The 1531 Zürcher Bibel Online

It’s one of the most beautiful editions of the Bible ever produced. It is the result of the work of a team of translators led by Zwingli and Jud and it is lavishly illustrated. You’ll love it. You can read … Continue reading

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Today With Zwingli: A Letter from Oecolampadius

Pax Christi tecum, mi frater. Non est, quod nos perturbet obsistentium nobis ferocia. Annon pacem, ut pręcepit dominus [Luc. 10. 5. 6], pręfati sumus? Nonne de gloria domini agitur? Quos parentes? quos amicos? quos doctores? quam creaturam agnoscemus? Nequaquam essemus … Continue reading

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Against the ‘Invocation of the Saints’

I have seen meanwhile a pamphlet by a certain great theologian§ among the French (if you take him at his own valuation), but I have been prevented from reading it carefully both by my occupations and by pity for the … Continue reading

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Zwingli Was a Self-Paced Reformer, A Man Who Didn’t Rush into Anything

As we learn, for instance, in the way he reformed the Mass- In his treatise on “The Canon of the Mass,”—dated IV. Cal. Septemb. (i. e., September 2) 1523—the canon is that part of the mass liturgy in which the … Continue reading

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Zwingli’s View of the Apocrypha

An interesting proof of the extent of Zwingli’s reputation is a letter written to him from Ghent by John Cousard, who signs himself in Greek, “Bishop of the Brethren of the Common Life,” lamenting that Zwingli wrote so much in … Continue reading

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Today With Zwingli

H. Zwingli wrote a brief letter to Philipp of Hesse on the 30th of August, 1530, informing him that the requested publication of the sermon on Providence Zwingli had preached at Marburg and which Philipp appreciated so much was printed … Continue reading

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Zwingli on Hypocrisy

Zwingli astutely notes, concerning hypocrisy- … those who are a prey to obstinate hypocrisy can never be persuaded by the most skillful argument to confess what they really feel and have in their hearts. Yet the more persistently they refuse, … Continue reading

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One More Salvo From Zwingli to Luther on the Mass

The fact was that Zwingli and Luther could by not possibility be friends. Each was a pope in his way, only Luther ruled a nation and Zwingli a city. Each was absolutely sure of himself and that he had found … Continue reading

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More on the Einsiedeln Zwingli Text

Der Historiker Urs Leu von der Zürcher Zentralbibliothek hat letzte Woche in einem Buch der Klosterbibliothek Einsiedeln handschriftliche Notizen Zwinglis gefunden. In einem Kodex aus dem 9. Jahrhundert hat der Zürcher Reformator drei kurze Sätze an den Rand notiert, bestätigte … Continue reading

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De convitiis Eckii: Zwingli Drops the Hammer on Johannes Eck

Huldrych Zwingli and Johannes Eck didn’t get along.  Obviously.  So when Zwingli published his ‘Reasonable Faith‘ Eck couldn’t control himself.  He had to lash out.  The present booklet, Zwingli’s response to Eck’s response to Fidei ratio lets Mr Eck have … Continue reading

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Fun Facts from Church History: Zwingli’s Description of the Catabaptists

They are mostly a class of rabble, homeless from the want of means, who make it their business to win old women by pompous discourses upon divine things to extract from them the wherewithal to support themselves, or to gather … Continue reading

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Zwingli’s Writing Habits

Zwingli, writing to Myconius on August 26, 1522, thus candidly describes his literary methods: “I am rough and impatient of the time necessary for condensing and polishing. You know that my mind is felicitous in nothing except invention, if indeed … Continue reading

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