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ZwingliAn Introduction to His Thought$
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W. P. Stephens

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263630

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263630.001.0001

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The Holy Spirit: The Spirit and the Word

The Holy Spirit: The Spirit and the Word

(p.61) 6 The Holy Spirit: The Spirit and the Word

W. P. Stephens

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The emphasis on the Spirit in Zwingli corresponds in part to the stress on Christ's divinity rather than his humanity. It reflects the emphasis on the centrality and sovereignty of God and the contrast between God and man in Zwingli's theology. The central role of the Spirit is apparent in descriptions of his theology as spiritualist or pneumatological. His insistence on the divine origin and the authority of scripture can be seen in his controversies with Catholics and Anabaptists. It is in the relation of the Spirit to word and sacrament that Zwingli is often thought as a spiritualist, for dissociating Spirit from the word. Two elements are thought to contribute to this: the freedom of the Spirit, and a Platonist opposition of spirit and flesh in his understanding of man.

Keywords:   Spirit, spiritualist, pneumatological theology, Platonist opposition, word, Spirit's freedom

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