Chapter

The State

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/9780198263630.003.0013
The State

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This chapter examines Zwingli's view of the state. It also explores Zwingli’s development up to the disputation in January 1523, as well as the role of the government and the council. His understanding of the state was theocratic, in the sense that the whole community is under the rule of god and that the minister and the magistrate need to seek to establish that rule. For him, matters of social justice were at the centre of Christian preaching. The closing words of A Commentary describes his concern that the life of society should be to the glory of God. The discussion notes that his priorities were: God, society, and the individual.

Keywords: city council; government; minister; society; God; disputation; individual

Chapter.  5545 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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