“This is the gospel, that sins are remitted in the name of Christ; and no heart ever received tidings more glad.” Huldrych Zwingli's contribution to the Reformation may have been just as important as Luther and Calvin's, yet many still don't know much about him, let alone read his powerful works. Zwingli preached against ecclesial corruption, fasting, the requirement of celibacy on the clergy, the veneration of saints, excommunication, and more—setting the stage for the Swiss Reformation.
Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland is filled with rich insight into the life and theology of Zwingli and contains numerous illustrations and photographs. Zwingli expert and historian Samuel Jackson provides an in-depth biography of one of the Reformation's unsung heroes. Also included in this edition is John Martin Vincent's essay “An Historical Survey of Switzerland before the Reformation” and an additional chapter on Zwingli's theology by Frank Hugh Foster.
Professor Jackson has made a noteworthy contribution to the material readily available for the study of the Swiss Reformation; a contribution the more to be welcomed from the fact that it does not merely consist of the conclusions of a single investigator, however scholarly and well-informed, but affords as well a large and comprehensive group of documents, bearing upon the life and work of Huldreich Zwingli, bringing the reader into a closer and more sympathetic contact with Swiss affairs, and enabling him in many particulars to corroborate or criticize the conclusions of the author and editor.
—The American Historical Review
The literary style of the writer is clear and delightful. The work is thorough and presents a new phase of Zwingli's many-sided life. In a masterly way he gathers from Zwingli's various works the Reformer's views on various subjects connected with education, such as the study of language, history, natural science, astronomy, mathematics, Hebrew, music. He closes with an interesting exposition of Zwingli's views on the education of women.
—The Presbyterian and Reformed Review
We are taken pleasantly and persuasively through the story of Zwingli's childhood and youth, his life at Glarus and Einsiedeln, his work in Zurich in its various stages, the first Cappel war and the Marburg Colloquy, the strenuousness of the later years, and the tragic close. The inner course of the Reformation movement is ably dealt with as well as its external incidents. The narration is made brighter and better by the numerous illustrations.
—The Critical Review of Theological and Philosophical Literature
The story gives us a strong man of thought and of actions, a man of strong loves and keen resentments, a clear-sighted patriot, a preacher of righteousness who was ready to face death for his preaching, a radical reformer who knew how to accommodate his unflinching purpose to the needs of practical prudence.
—The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, and Art
Every student of the Reformation period will find use for this volume.
Dr. Jackson was uncommonly well equipped for writing Zwingli's life, by a critical and minute study of the original sources. He has produced a work which is at once erudite and brilliant.
Samuel Macauley Jackson (1851–1912) was educated at Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Seminary. He then studied for two years at the University of Leipzig, and then earned his DD from New York University. He served as an editor and author for numerous prestigious projects, including The American Church History Series, The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Thought, The Encyclopedia of Living Divines, and The Concise Dictionary of Religious Knowledge.