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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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God: The Sovereignty of God

God: The Sovereignty of God

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W. P. Stephens

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the sovereignty of God, a fundamental element in Zwingli's thought that affects all aspects of his theology. For Zwingli, the life of the church and the teaching of the church had lost their centre in God. He was concerned to see that both theology and the Christian life recover that centre. This challenge is characteristic of Zwingli's writings from the start. His conviction of God's sovereignty can be seen in his understanding of providence and predestination. The sense of God's providence is also apparent with Zwingli, which suggests a personal experience and an intellectual conviction. Both A Commentary and The Providence of God show that Zwingli's method is sometimes as much logical as theological.

Keywords:   God's sovereignty, Christian life, God's knowledge, God's providence, A Commentary, predestination

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