Jeremiah And Zwingli Analysis

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Social criticisms are the starting points of many waves of reformation and societal changes. From the early Jewish prophets to the reformers of the Protestant Reformation, disruption to tradition has often resulted from a pronounced criticism that opened the floor to new dialogue. Jeremiah and Zwingli are two individuals who began the conversations that drove reformation. While centuries apart, Jeremiah's and Zwingli's messages have striking similarities in their condemning of the religious community's insincere practices; however, they differ in their respective societal position, means of staking their claims, and intended audiences that ultimately distinguishes a prophet from a reformer. Appointed by God to be a prophet, Jeremiah proclaimed God's rage against the people of Jerusalem, who had forsaken God in favor of alternative pseudo-Gods . A similar issue is voiced by Zwingli, who…show more content…
While both religious servants, Jeremiah is a prophet while Zwingli serves as a priest. Ultimately, the two aim to progress their religions and to serve as touchpoints for followers to gain access to the holy spirit. However, there are two crucial factors that differentiate their respective positions: (1) the human-God relationship and (2) the means to stake their claims. Jeremiah act as God's messenger; he facilitates the dialogue from God to the people. On the contrary, Zwingli's role is the people's messenger who officiates the thoughts of human to God. Due to their positions, Jeremiah and Zwingli use different means to establish their authorities and to stake their claims. Specifically, Jeremiah emphasizes his divine appointment to establish himself, whereas Zwingli garner support and esteem from the people by his position as a priest and his dedication to religious activities. In other words, Jeremiah leverages his selection by God while Zwingli relies on selection by
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