The Religous Nerd Tour 2019: Introduction

There are many things that make Zurich a wonderful place to live and experience, but you have to admit: if one is a clergy person, and particularly clergy of the Christian persuasion, Zurich, and Switzerland as a whole, is a theological history heaven.

Because I’m both a history nerd and a religion nerd, I intend to learn about all the history here and also see all the relevant sites! (Well, see as much as I can.) If you don’t know your Christian history, Zurich was one of the centers of the Reformation in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Zwingli was born (and died) here. (There is actually a Swiss German movie about Zwingli out right now.) John Calvin! Civil war! Battles! Cathedrals! Statues! In many ways, this is also the history of the soul of Switzerland and how Switzerland became what it is today. The Reformation not only influenced how people thought about religion, but it also affected the arts, politics, culture, and science of the time. There’s so much here that is utterly fascinating when it comes to religion and history!

Statue of Zwingli in Zurich
Statue of Zwingli in Zurich off Limatstrasse

Of course, being a writer, I intend to blog all this religious nerdery for your edification! There will be pictures as I travel around the city and country. I’m also thinking of maybe doing a companion video series as I finish all my research.

If you’d like to follow along, you should subscribe to the blog, since I hope to start the blog posts in a couple of weeks. I’ll be using quite a few reference books and such, so I will be starting a page with a booklist and relevant links.

I’m looking forward to bringing you all on this journey with me!

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