Book Review – Zwingli: A Reformed Theologian

In 1961, Jaques Courvoisier delivered The Annie Kinkead Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary.  At the time, Courvoisier was serving as professor of Church History at the University of Geneva.  The printed version of these lectures are available to us in Zwingli, a Reformed Theologian.

Although these lectures were given almost half a century ago, much is to be gained by reading of this historical giant.  Zwingli was the early leader of The Reformation in Switzerland while serving as pastor in Zurich.  Many are more familiar with Martin Luther and John Calvin, but Zwingli played a major role in the Protestant Reformation.

Courvoisier makes the case that Zwingli grounded his theology in the Scriptures and that he placed high priority on the centrality of the gospel.  Both of these are still vitally needed in the church nearly 500 years later.  In examining Zwingli’s biblical and gospel foundations, Courvoisier laid out Zwingli’s views in five key areas.  Each area provides a chapter in the book with an additional concluding chapter.  The five areas discussed are:

  1. The Word of God
  2. The Christological Axis
  3. The Church
  4. The Sacraments
  5. Church and State

If you are a student of church history (in particular, The Reformation), this is an extremely worthwhile book to read.  It is a little difficult to find.

* Currently 2 of the books are available in the P2P Bookstore at this link: Zwingli: A Reformed Theologian.