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I. 'Cura Religionis': The Prophetical Office And The Civil Magistrate

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John Jewel, Bishop of Sarum, once referred to Heinrich Bullinger as the “oracle of the churches." At every stage Bullinger was engaged as a significant player, and in later years was frequently appealed to as an arbiter of internal disputes and even as a public apologist of the Church of England on the international stage. To employ one of his own categories, Bullinger’s distinctive role with respect to the reformation of the Church of England is best described as “prophetical.” While there is nothing out of the ordinary in the claim that the Zuricher saw his general ministerial function in such a light, our present aim is to investigate more closely the peculiarly political, even constitutional emphasis of Bullinger’s “prophetical office” with respect to England.

Keywords: civil magistrate; England; Heinrich Bullinger; prophetical office



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