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ZwingliAn Introduction to His Thought$
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W. P. Stephens

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263630

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263630.001.0001

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The State

The State

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W. P. Stephens

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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

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