Zwingli: A Reformed Theologian

Zwingli: A Reformed Theologian

Zwingli: A Reformed Theologian

Zwingli: A Reformed Theologian

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The Annie Kinkead Warfield Lectures were established by Professor Benjamin B. Warfield in honor of his wife, in order that a series of lectures might be delivered each year at Princeton Theological Seminary on "some doctrine or doctrines of the Reformed system of doctrine." It was stipulated that the lectures should deal with "the biblical basis, or the historical development, or the systematic formulation, or the exposition or defense of said doctrine or doctrines."

In opening this series to a theologian who intended to treat some of the main features of the theology of Huldrych Zwingli, the Faculty of Princeton Seminary, which has responsibility for administering the Warfield Lectures, inferred that this subject was entirely within the intentions of the founder, and that such lectures could contribute to better understanding of a Reformer who is not yet known as he deserves to be.

Zwinglian studies have, in fact, developed in a remarkable way in the last forty years with the work of such scholars as Walther Koehler, Alfred and Oskar Farner (especially the latter), Fritz Blanke, Arthur Rich, Gottfried Locher, Rudolf Pfister, Julius Schweizer, Roger Ley, Heinrich Schmid, and others. But the thorough and illuminating researches of these men have not gained the circulation in the theological world they ought to have.

We hope to show in this book that Zwingli was what is properly called a Reformed theologian. A forerunner of Calvin in several realms of thought, he was a man with brilliant intuitions. In some cases, Zwingli went beyond the theological achievements of the Reformer of Geneva. Zwingli's broad intellectual horizons . . .

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