Ulrich Zwingli - Protestant Reformer

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Reformers: Ulrich Zwingli

Born in 1484 in Wildhaus, Switzerland, Ulrich Zwingli soon moved to Zurich, and greatly influenced by Erasmus became one of the great reformers of the 15th -16th centuries. He, like Martin Luther, disliked many of the practices of the Catholic Church. (reformationtours.com) He wrote The 67 Articles, which were adapted by Zurich as the official doctrine of the city. (Trueman) Although he agreed with Luther in many aspects, his attempt to join with the Lutherans was failed because of a disagreement over the concept of the Last Supper. Where Luther defended the belief of the consubstantiation where as the bread and wine are believed to undergo a spiritual change because Christ is present, Zwingli believed that it is all symbolic and there is no change in the bread and the wine. (McKay 463)

All that is in the Bible is truth, and if it is not in the bible, it is not truth. (reformationtours.com) The Catholic Church believes that everything the pope, just a mortal man, says is truth in addition to what it says in the Bible, which is condescending to G-d, Jesus, and the Bible. The Catholic Church has added its own practices such as indulgences, mass, clerical celibacy, monasticism, icons, music, and pilgrimages. They church has added these practices outside the Bible, so we shouldn’t have to follow them. (Trueman)

Throughout Christian history, if a person sinned there were several steps he would have to take to ameliorate his sin. He would first have to confess his sin to a priest, and then receive absolution, or forgiveness, for the sin. Then he would have to do penance, which could be a variety of things from physical affliction to saying certain prayers. The Catholic Church instated indulgences, which could be used in place of penance. Not only is this not a practice stated in the Bible, but also over the years it has been greatly abused to the point where if you are rich, you are above the law because you can just buy...
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