July 18: Heinrich Bullinger

“Today in Church History” June 18, 2016

Today we celebrate the birth of the Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger. He was born on this day in 1504. At the age of 15 his parents sent him to study theology at the University of Cologne. 

After his own study of the scriptures, the church fathers, and the writings of Martin Luther, Bullinger fully embraced the principles of the Reformation.

After a short period of time in the ministry he distinguished himself as a preacher and theologian. He then followed Zwingli as the pastor of the church in Zurich.

Bullinger played a central role in creating in the writing of the First and Second Helvetic Confession. His most known work “The Decades” had a major impact on the English reformation.


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