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Zurich and the Confederation

W. P. Stephens

in Zwingli

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263630
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263630.003.0002
Zurich and the Confederation

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This chapter deals with Zurich and the Swiss confederation, in the context of Zwingli's life and work. After providing a brief background of Zurich and Swiss confederation, it situates him at Switzerland at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century. Zwingli's reforming ministry was primarily in Zurich, but his sense of being Swiss meant that he had an eye on wining the whole confederation to the gospel of Christ. The difficulties and opportunities he faced were related in part to the civil and religious character of the city and its surrounding territory. It was in a republican setting, with power exercised by a council rather than by a single ruler, that Zwingli lived and worked.

Keywords: Switzerland; Swiss confederation; Zurich; council; reforming ministry

Chapter.  1547 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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