Huldrych Zwingli

  • Hans J. Hillerbrand
Part of the Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


The Commentary on True and False Religion is Zwingli’s most important theological treatise. Written in an extremely short time at the suggestion of some French Protestants, its principal theme is the contrast between the true religion of the Bible and the false religion of human speculation and striving. Zwingli marshaled his vast competence in the Bible and in philosophy to underscore his contention that false religion was that of the Catholic church and that true religion had been recovered by the reformers. The stress on philosophy is a characteristic feature of his thought. A second distinctive feature appears in the discussion of the Lord’s Supper, where Zwingli revealed that he did not share Luther’s affirmation of the real presence of Christ in the sacrament. This theological divergence between the two reformers was to lead to the communion controversy which dominated the history of Protestantism for many years.


Human Race Catholic Church Principal Theme Real Presence True Religion 
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  1. J. Courvoisier, Zwingli: A Reformed Theologian (Richmond, 1963).Google Scholar

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© Hans J. Hillerbrand 1968

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