The purpose of this essay is to discuss the significant theological differences that occurred between Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin. To gain a greater understanding of their theological differences it must first be discovered who these prominent men were. Once this is achieved why they longed for reformation will be discovered. In doing so many similarities in what they were trying to bring in the form of reform will be shown. After this a detailed understanding of their major 33differences will be shown. It will be discovered that these differences occur around the understanding of the Eucharist. This will lead ultimately to the …show more content…
It was one that was revolved around sound doctrine and new reformed living. Calvin’s teaching’s due to the location of Geneva meant that many refugees ended up in this city and returned home with it. This explains the massive influence of Calvinism throughout the western world. It was his systematic way of profoundly writing that also influenced reform. In fact he has often been called disciplined, authoritarian fanatic. These views often lumped on him due to his play in the execution of Michael Servetus. Calvin unable to convert him in 1553, Geneva with the support of other Swiss Protestant cities executed him. Calvin believed in the sovereignty of God and was therefore the master of all in salvation. This included predestination and election. Today Calvinism can be found in some Baptist groups, reformed faiths and Presbyterians.
SIGNIFICANT THEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LUTHER, ZWINGLI AND CALVIN It must be said that Luther, Zwingli and Calvin have more in common then differences. They all were prominent in taking the gospel into Europe. They would ultimately change the face of spreading the gospel and the move of the Church for hundreds of years. Before the time of these three men the mass had become the centre of worship. The sacraments became central position of the worship service. The bread and wine were transformed literally into the blood and body of Christ. The words through the bible