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Chapter 10: Progress of Reform in Germany


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1. Wycliffe, Huss and Jerome, Luther appeared successively as reformers. A century and a half has been covered by their work, up to the Diet of Worms. Zwingle was a contemporary of Luther, and, though a leader, was but one of several that arose in the cantons of Switzerland, moved by the same Spirit of God to take their place as leaders in the great reform movement.

2. “In Germany the monarchial principle predominated; in Switzerland, the democratic. In Germany the Reformation had to struggle with the will of princes; in Switzerland, against the wishes of the people. An assembly of men, more easily carried away than a single individual, is also more rapid in its decisions. The victory over the papacy, which cost years of struggle beyond the Rhine, required on this side but a few months and sometimes only a few days.”—D’Aubigne b. 8, Ch. 1.

3. What are two essential characteristics of men whom God can use in His service? Why can God so seldom find men of influence and learning with these qualifications? 171:9 [195:1]

4. How did an aged and humble relative help to mold the mind of Zwingle as a child? 171:2, [196:1]

5. To what place was he sent for education, and why was he recalled? 172:1-2 [196: 2-3]

6. To whom was Zwingle indebted for the first rays of advanced light, and what was the source of this light? 173:1 [197:1]

7. What helpful thoughts regarding the study of the Scriptures can be gleaned from Zwingle’s experience? 173:2-174:1 [197:2- 198:1]

8. What striking feature of the Reformation and of the Great

Second Advent awakening gives evidence of divine guidance in

each? 174:2; 140:3; 212:1-3; 357:1 [198:2; 161:1; 244:1-3; 409:1] 9. In what way did the work of Zwingle at Einsiedeln affect his

financial support? 174:3-175:3 [198:3-199:3]

10. When called to the cathedral in Zurich, how did he relate himself to the instruction given by those who had invited him? 176:3- 4 [200:2-201:2]

11. Who was the chief pardon-monger of Switzerland at that time, and what success did he have in Zurich? 178:4-179:1 [203:2-3]

12. How did Zwingle, before the Council of Zurich, reply to two representations of the deputies from the bishop of Constance, and what was the attitude of the Council? 180:3-181:2 [205:1-2]

13. Why did he not appear to champion the cause in the disputa- tion at Baden? How did he, in his absence, make his influence felt? Contrast the appearance of Oecalampadius and Eck at the discus- sion, also the difference in their appeals? What was the result of the discussion? 182:1-184:2 [207:3-209:3]