By Katharina Schütz Zell, Elsie McKee
Though a commoner, Schütz Zell participated actively in public existence and wrote prolifically, together with letters of comfort, devotional writings, biblical meditations, catechetical directions, a sermon, and long polemical exchanges with male theologians. the entire translations of her extant guides, apart from her longest, are gathered the following in Church Mother, supplying smooth readers a unprecedented chance to appreciate the $64000 paintings of girls within the formation of the early Protestant church.
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Protestants, however, believed that no one could contribute to his or her own salvation by doing good deeds like almsgiving. On the other hand, care for the deserving poor is part of the church’s obligation, in which each Christian should participate but which the Christian prince or the diaconate (in Calvinist Reformed churches) manages. In addition, honest work in any calling that honors God and serves the neighbor is a holy service to God. Thus Protestants could readily justify theologically the idea that all the able-bodied should work and all the afﬂicted should receive the care 14.
However, the explosion of broadsheet songs, pamphlets, booklets, and larger tomes coming off the presses in the early 1520s brought a (small) library within her reach. Now any literate person could acquire a pamphlet, a New Testament, a book of Psalms, an almanac, the latest thing in print. 20 LIFE AND WORKS The life and writings of Katharina Schütz Zell can be summarized brieﬂy— if one omits much fascinating detail. She was probably born early in 1498 and died on September 5, 1562, and lived all her life in Strasbourg, although she also traveled in Germany and Switzerland.
Martin Bucer, followed by much of the Reformed tradition and others, regarded marriage as a covenant; while keeping the other two justiﬁcations he subordinated them to a third reason for marriage, which was for him the chief one. For Bucer, “marriage is primarily a personal relationship embracing not only sexual but also and especially social and emotional elements . . 23 The social and cultural backgrounds of the new clergy couple in Strasbourg’s cathedral parish were quite similar. Like Katharina, Matthew was an Alsatian from a substantial artisan family like the Schützes.