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Zwingli Wrong Again (Surprise, Surprise)

September 17, 2010
Huldrych Zwingli

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On the 17th of September, 1522, Huldrych Zwingli published an expanded version of a sermon he had preached earlier that year on the perpetual virginity of Mary.  In something of a true rarity, Zwingli got something right in that sermon: the name of Jesus’ mother. Other than that he continued his great trend of being simply wrong about almost everything.

His reasons for preaching the sermon and then publishing it are fairly easy to discern.  Zwingli was by 1522 being widely accused of heterodoxy. Of course, history and Zwingli’s publications have proven that this accusation was based on good orthodoxy, and he was in fact a heretic.

Zwingli’s sermon is still quite interesting to read for a good laugh, especially considering the fact the published edition was dedicated to his relatives (who had heard the rumors and were a little disturbed by them).  It is also noteworthy because  of Zwingli’s belief in Mary’s perpetual chastity, and his assertion that she had the ability to fly and shoot laser beams from her eyes.

You can read his sermon here.  And it’s much humorous reading, as I suggested previously.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. Josh Mueller permalink
    September 17, 2010 11:18 am

    What’s the point of posting a link to the original text, written in Swiss-German, which is barely readable and understandable for even a native German speaking person?

    • September 17, 2010 11:27 am

      Linking to a sermon in Swiss-German saves English speaking and reading people the pain of having to read the sermon and thereby lose several IQ points. It’s actually a service. You’re welcome!

      • Josh Mueller permalink
        September 17, 2010 11:33 am

        But as a German reading and speaking person who was promised “much humurous reading”, I feel really chipped right now! 😦

  2. September 17, 2010 11:35 am

    ive been patient so far but any more mean anti-zwingli stuff and i’m gonna ignore ya for a 4 week period. that’s right- it’s excommunication for you.

  3. September 17, 2010 12:08 pm

    Will there be some sort of Baptist/biblioblog/papal bull officially excommunicating me? ’cause that would be pretty cool!

  4. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    September 17, 2010 2:46 pm

    You REALLY don’t like this guy Zwingli, do you?

  5. September 17, 2010 2:48 pm

    Dollars to donuts Jim does an expose of your tattoo exploits.

  6. September 17, 2010 4:57 pm

    i do love donuts.

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