Zwickau Prophets

Zwickau Prophets

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  • Christmas Day services were held in German, clergy did not wear normal vestments. One priest wore and a jaunty feather in his cap. Luther's teachings on the Real Presence were overruled in favour of the Eucharist as purely symbolic. Carlstadt also set up a 'poor relief fund' to relieve social problems and implement Jesus' teachings on charity.
  • Wir sind hier am Weinachtsmorgen um... 
  • We must be charitable as Jesus was!
  • Carlstadt and Zwilling announced that all holy images were the work of the Devil and symbol of materials should be destroyed. Zwilling led the ensuing iconoclasm, by destroying images of Christ, the Virgin Mary, Saints and symbols.
  • And then we will cut off the heads off Christ and Mary and strip the walls of paintings!
  • we must throw all images and banners, crucifixes and candles on this fire!
  • Zwilling preached so strongly in the village of Eilenberg, that his listeners stormed the parsonage. Violent anti-clerical outbursts were taking place all over Saxony
  • We must take reform into our own hands!
  • Yes! Lets storm the parsonage!
  • March 1522, Luther returns to Wittenburg, against Frederick's wishes, to stop extremism and prevent bloodshed if Frederick were to use force, as he did not want to give his cousin, George, any chance to invade under the pretext of restoring order.
  • I need to take back control!
  • Luther made sermons in which he insisted on slow, cautious change. Nothing was to be imposed or forced or compelled. Luther took back charge.
  • Once you have won the heart you have won the whole man.
  • The prophets were expelled and Carlsadt was dismissed from the university.
  • Change should be slow and implemented by authorities in an orderly fashion.
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