13 December, 2010

Peter Lombard on Baptism

The sacrament of baptism consists in two things, namely, in the Word and the element. Therefore, even if other things are lacking which have been instituted for the adornment of the sacrament, it is not for that reason less a true sacrament and holy, if the Word is there, and the element...

Peter Lombard (1100-1160),The Four Books of Sentences, Book 4,Distinction 3.

Chemnitz uses Lombard to support his argument that there is a distinction to be made between what has been instituted by God and the pious, unwritten traditions of men (Examnination of the Council of Trent, I, II Concerning Traditions, Section VIII.

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