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Today with Zwingli

July 15, 2010

On 15 July, 1529 Huldrych Zwingli published his Latin translation of Isaiah.  It’s a horrendous edition, pitifully done and amazingly imprecise.  Zwingli was far, far better with Heresy than Luther and it shows in the insidiousness of his rendering.

Along with his fresh “rendering” of the Hebrew text, Zwingli also offers “commentary”.  His insights are quite insane and he makes the Prophet harder to understand than a mime with no limbs.

The text and commentary were published by Edwin Künzli in 1959 in the Corpus Reformatorum edition of Zwingli’s Collected Works.   Künzli, at the conclusion of the volume (which unfortunately also includes Zwingli’s work on Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and The 12) offers a useful essay titled Zwingli: Bad Theologian or Worse Theologian Ever?.   He also published in Zwingliana an essay on Zwingli’s edition of Isaiah which is very much worth checking out as he successfully demonstrates that toilet paper has more value than the paper Zwingli’s observations are written on.

Of the Magisterial Reformers (Calvin, Luther and Zwingli), Luther was the drunkest, Calvin was the best killer, and Zwingli was the best heretic, one-night stand, and sausage lover.

Taken verbatim from HERE

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2010 10:08 am

    you are a perverse, perverse wicked man scott bailey. wicked, wicked, wicked.

    • July 15, 2010 10:31 am

      Just another endorsement for the sidebar!

  2. Jake permalink
    July 15, 2010 10:16 am

    Zwingliana sounds like a really crap musical.

    • July 15, 2010 10:33 am

      Jake you almost got it right. Just leave out ‘a’, take the ‘ly’ off of ‘really’, and delete ‘musical’ and you’ll have it.

  3. July 15, 2010 11:40 am

    reprobates. the pair of you are clearly predestined to eternal suffering.

    • July 19, 2010 8:50 am

      Does that mean they’ll be forced to read both Zwingli and Jim for all eternity?

  4. July 19, 2010 4:12 pm

    In some ways Zwingli was a thoroughly modern minister:

    “Like the clergy about him, he believed himself absolved from the obligation of chastity because bound by the vow of celibacy. Lapses from sexual purity were too common to be considered objections in a priest, but the charge against him was then made that he had seduced a girl of good family, and this was considered a valid reason for rejecting his nomination. He was written to on the subject and his reply is extant. He denied the charge of seduction, but frankly admitted the charge of habitual incontinence, and he does it in a jesting tone which shows that he had no conception that his offence was any other than a trifling one. The chapter of the Great Minster agreed to this view and elected him, and it was, therefore, as a confessedly libidinous man that he came to Zurich.” (RELIGIOUS ENCYCLOPEDIA Hampden Cook Kalopothakes)

    You gotta love when the board hiring the minister gives him a thumbs up on being a horn dog!!!!


  1. Great quote – Scott Bailey on Zwingli’s insanity « scientia et sapientia

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