KAPFF, SIXT KARL: German Protestant; b. at Güglingen (20 m. n.w. of Stuttgart), Württemberg, Oct. 22 1805; d. in Stuttgart Sept. 1, 1879. From early childhood he was religiously disposed,
Kapff combined the genial manners, trustfulness, and sympathetic warmth of the Swabian character. He was a friend to ministers all over Württemberg, and attracted all classes who had an interest in religion. As a preacher, he did not represent any sharply defined theological or ecclesiastical tendency. His sermons had much of the supernaturalism of the old Tübingen school, but more warmth and sympathy than belonged to it. He had an eye to the domestic and social wants of his people, and drew largely upon his every-day intercourse with them for his subjects. He also took a warm interest in the ecclesiastical affairs of Wurttemberg, and in foreign missions as advanced by the missionary institution in Basel. For more than a quarter of a century, he was the center of the pious circles of the land.
The best known of his publications are: Gebetbuch (Stuttgart, 1835; 21st ed., 1905); Communionbuch (1840; 24th ed., 1901); Das kleine Communionbuch (1841; 36th ed., 1905); Warnung eines Jugendfreundes (1841; 20th ed., 1902); Achtzig Predigten über die alten Episteln (1851; 6th ed., 1879); 83 Predigten über die alten Evangelien (1862; 6th ed., 1876); and Casualreden (ed. C. Kapff, 1880).
BIBLIOGRAPHY: C. Kapff, Lebensbild von Sixt Karl Kapff, 2 vols., Stuttgart, 1881 (by his son).
KAPPEL, PEACE OF. See ZWINGLI, HULDREICH.
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