Bavinck: Pope Gregory I Marked A Turning Point (And Not In A Good Way)

It was he who sanctioned the external legal religion of the Roman Catholic Church and conferred on medieval Catholicism its actual character. He is the capstone of the ancient world, the foundation stone of the new. Through his liturgical writings and his church music, he introduced the Roman Catholic form of worship to the Germanic peoples of the north. By popularizing the dogmas of the church fathers, he made church doctrine practically useful for uncivilized pagan Germanic peoples and also promoted superstition, asceticism, and works righteousness.

Herman Bavinck, John Bolt, and John Vriend | Reformed Dogmatics: Prolegomena, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003), 140.


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Posted by Tony Phelps | Saturday, May 11, 2024 | Categorized Christian Life, HeidelQuotes, Scripture | Tagged Bookmark the permalink.

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Tony grew up in Rhode Island. He was educated at BA (University of Rhode Island) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He worked in the insurance industry for ten years. He planted a PCA church in Wakefield, RI where he served for eleven years. In 2015–18 he pastored Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Colorado Springs. He is currently pastor of Living Hope (OPC). Tony is married to Donna and together they have three children. Meet all the Heidelberg contributors»


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