I have done my best to stay away from Zwingli, but today is the day which he died, some centuries ago. Skimming his history (of course, his entry is far better and unbiased on Conservapedia), you will note that there was little that Zwingli didn’t attack or seek to ‘reform.’ Ulrich Zwingli, or Harry Z, had seven primary beliefs that were adopted by Zurich. Zwingli expanded his beliefs in his ’67 Articles’ that were published in 1523.
- Faith demanded an active commitment to God
- The practices of the Roman Catholic Church took one’s mind away from what Christ taught. There was no justification for these practices in the Bible.
- Whatever could not be justified by the Bible was to be abolished.
- Religion was a personal experience which did not require sacraments or ceremonies to sustain it.
- Zwingli denied that there could be any trace of God in the consecrated sacraments. The service of communion was simply an act of commemoration. The belief that there was a presence was mere superstition. In this, Zwingli differed from Martin Luther.
- Zwingli put a great deal of emphasis on the law of God as set out in the Bible. Zwingli claimed that it was Christ who gave Man the will to obey.
- A truly Christian community must follow the Bible as closely as possible.
Okay, I get all this – not that I assent to all of it – but I get it. The one thing I don’t get is why he cares whether or not I am number 1 on the Biblioblog Top 50. (Of course, Dr. West’s ability to talk with the dead worries us, necromancy and all) From what I understand, the remaining 144,000 Zwinglians in the world (I assume that the 20 lives ones will be carrying placards of the 143,980 dead ones) will be marching on Washington tomorrow.