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Katharina Schutz Zell

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226979663

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226979687.001.0001

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The Lay Reformer, Teacher, and Pastor

The Lay Reformer, Teacher, and Pastor

(p.43) I The Lay Reformer, Teacher, and Pastor
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This chapter provides an introduction to the life and works of Katharina Schütz Zell, most of whose writings in the first generation of the Protestant movement can be characterized as the work of a reformer. The key focus is on adapting the communication of “the Gospel” to the needs and level of lay Christians, calling them to a new understanding of faith, and supporting them in the break with Rome that she had already experienced and that had now reshaped her life. Along with this, there is also the firm Protestant denial that human beings can do anything to save themselves, along with the frequently repeated affirmation of trust in God's mercy and forgiveness alone. The dynamic is often expressed as the struggle between belief and unbelief, faith and its opposite, a typically Protestant angle of vision on sin and salvation.

Keywords:   Katharina Schütz Zell, Protestant movement, Gospel, lay Christians, God's mercy, salvation

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