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Bullinger, Heinrich (1504–1575)

  1. Thomas Schirrmacher

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0204

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schirrmacher, T. 2011. Bullinger, Heinrich (1504–1575). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Heinrich Bullinger was a major Swiss reformer, the successor of Ulrich Zwingli as head of the Protestant Church in Zurich and probably the most influential author of theological books and confessions of his time. A much less controversial figure than John Calvin or Martin Luther, his importance has long been underestimated. Recent research has shown that Bullinger was one of the most influential Reformed theologians of the 16th century, who wrote more books than any other theologian. As adviser to church leaders and politicians all over Europe, author of major confessions (especially the Second Helvetic Confession), and father of the covenant theology and the synodal constitution of churches, he formed church and state in Switzerland and left his mark on all Protestant churches in Europe.


  • Bullinger, Heinrich (1504–1575);
  • swiss reformer, author of theological books;
  • reformation in Europe;
  • latin decades, and vernacular translation of the house book;
  • Bullinger, influential theologian, the english reformation;
  • covenant theology, formulated by Bullinger;
  • normative form of reformed belief, in Europe