Zwingli on the Novelty of Separating Faith & Baptism

“In this matter of baptism – if I may be pardoned for saying it – I can only conclude that all the doctors have been in error from the time of the apostles. This is a serious and weighty assertion, and I make it with such reluctance that had I not been compelled to do so by contentious spirits, I would have preferred to keep silence. . . . At many points we shall have to tread a different path from that taken either by ancient or more modern writers or by our own contemporaries.” 

Ulrich Zwingli, Of Baptism, in Zwingli and Bullinger, Library of Christian Classics, vol. 24, trans. G.W. Bromiley (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1953), 130.