|Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531)|
We are not impressed by Zwingli, as Confessional Anglicans. While he contended for Bible exposition to his credit, he was a radical, “whitewashing walls,” tossing “organs,” pressing the “Reformed” agenda, and taking a “memorialist” view of the Table; we view him as a Proto-Puritan. Perhaps had he lived beyond 1531 and matured more, he might have moderated his views? Luther thought Calvin was godly and scholarly, but he did not view Zwingli that way; he thought Zwingli was a rough-neck (as if he wasn't). We also get no Book of Common Prayer from Zwingli. We will leave the matter there.
A few asides. (1) What and why should high schoolers, collegians, and lay Churchmen know about Ulrich Zwingli? Why is he important? Should boomers, millenials and Gen-Xers know about him? (2) More largely, should Pastors have serious educational objectives for Sunday Schools? Are they trained in “education?” I am thinking about the undergraduate and graduate degree in “education?” Lesson plans, grade level objectives, and grades? This includes Catechetical memorization. I never heard of such discussions in graduate school. Somehow or someway, it was left to denominational centers of advertisement for Sunday School materials. (3) What did Zwingli do and teach that was good and right? What errors or wrongs did he teach or do?
Let me dilate briefly on one point re: adult eduction in church schools, or, Sunday Schools. Once upon a time, I encountered an "exceptionally well educated Marine" during a Bible Study aboard a U.S. Navy vessel. He was an enlisted Marine and about twenty-two years old. He told me he was raised on materials from Ligonier Ministries. One thing led to another. From the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, I called his Pastor. A charming discussion. The Pastor's church was about 1000ish in members, PCA as I recollect. The entire SS curriculum had eight to ten video classes each semester for adults, requiring membership and completion of materials to graduate. I was impressed not just with this Pastor and church, but also one product of that church: this young United States Marine. How and what is going on in church Sunday schools?
Here’s Acidri at: http://atwistedcrownofthorns.com/2012/05/14/zurich-and-zwingli-the-peoples-priest-in-zurich-and-his-contribution-to-the-reformation/