Protestant Thought Before Kant
by Arthur Cushman McGiffert (9780217038928)

Protestant Thought Before Kant
Arthur Cushman McGiffert
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 86
Category: History
ISBN: 9780217038928
ISBN-10: 0217038921

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III HULDREICH ZWINQLI To the great Swiss reformer, Zwingli, is due a type of Protestant thought very different from Luther's. His figure has been unduly obscured by the fame of his younger contemporary, Calvin. His place in the history of thought is really more important than Calvin's, for he was an originator where the latter was only a follower. At an early day he came under theinfluencej)f humanism, and gave himself with enthusiasm to the pursuit of the new learning. He became a parish priest at the age of twenty - two, but a year after Luther found his way into the monastery at Erfurt. His motive in entering the priesthood was not at all like that which drove Luther into monasti- cism. An uncle and other relatives were clergymen, and he was early destined by his parents for the same profession. He had himself no objection to it, for he saw in it, as many of his contemporaries did, opportunity and leisure to carry on his classical studies and, through the instruction of the young, to spread the influence of humanistic principles. Of such a religious crisis as Luther passed through he knew nothing. Entered upon his parish work at Glarus, he soon found his interest enlisted in the religious and moral welfare of his flock, and in spite of his scholarly pursuits, he gave himself with uncommon zeal and devotion to his pastoral labours. In 1516 he removed to Einsiedeln, where there was a famous shrine to which pilgrims resorted in large numbers. There he foundreligious conditions even worse than at Glarus, and he became aroused to the need of a reformation in the country at large. He belonged to the humanistic circle of which Erasmus was the great ornament, and it was natural that he should share the ideals of the more serious and earnest- minded humanists, and should m...

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