Heinrich Bullinger’s Interaction with the Thought of Irenaeus of Lyon

Heinrich Bullinger’s Interaction with the Thought of Irenaeus of Lyon

Joe Mock

Abstract: At the time of the Reformation, reformers such as John Calvin were deeply influenced by the thought of Irenaeus of Lyon. Irenaeus’ Adversus Haereses was published by 1526 and was immediately used by both Catholic and Protestant scholars in their debates. The Swiss reformer, Heinrich Bullinger, made very few actual references to the work of Irenaeus, Nonetheless, Joiachim Staedtke observed that many themes that are discussed in Adversus Haereses are echoed in the oeuvre of Bullinger. This article critically evaluates Staedtke’s observation by comparing theological themes that have a prominence in both Irenaeus and Bullinger.