This study aims to unfold Zwingli's thought historically. Writings are examined from every period of his life, showing the development of his thought. This chapter notes some important areas where interpretations of various scholars differ. First, there is the question of the influences on Zwingli's development, including the relative importance of Erasmus, Luther, Augustine, and the humanist and scholastic thought he encountered. Second, there is the question of when he emerged as a reformer, a theological and a historical issue. Third, the relation of church and state raises other questions dealing with Zwingli's political role and his understanding of the prophet. Of his reformation practices, the most influential was the prophecy. Its impact can be seen in the development of prophesying in the English Reformation.
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