The Lay Reformer, Teacher, and Pastor

in Church Mother

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780226979663
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226979687 | DOI:
The Lay Reformer, Teacher, and Pastor

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This chapter provides an introduction to the life and works of Katharina Schütz Zell, most of whose writings in the first generation of the Protestant movement can be characterized as the work of a reformer. The key focus is on adapting the communication of “the Gospel” to the needs and level of lay Christians, calling them to a new understanding of faith, and supporting them in the break with Rome that she had already experienced and that had now reshaped her life. Along with this, there is also the firm Protestant denial that human beings can do anything to save themselves, along with the frequently repeated affirmation of trust in God's mercy and forgiveness alone. The dynamic is often expressed as the struggle between belief and unbelief, faith and its opposite, a typically Protestant angle of vision on sin and salvation.

Keywords: Katharina Schütz Zell; Protestant movement; Gospel; lay Christians; God's mercy; salvation

Chapter.  70401 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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