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Zwingli, Ulrich (1484–1531)

  1. Thomas Schirrmacher

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1493

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schirrmacher, T. 2011. Zwingli, Ulrich (1484–1531). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Ulrich (or Huldrych) Zwingli was the first great leader of the Swiss Reformation and a senior pastor of the church of Zurich. A priest from 1506, Zwingli was influenced by scholasticism and humanism, especially by Erasmus, whom he knew personally. In 1519 he became the people's priest at the Great Minster in Zurich and decided to reform the church according to the principle of sola scriptura. Zurich was the first city to introduce the Reformation successfully, in 1522–1523, and Zwingli thus became the unquestioned leader of the early years of the Swiss Reformation.


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  • Ulrich (or Huldrych), first great leader of the swiss reformation;
  • zwingli’s teachings, symbolic presence of christ in the lord’s supper