Peter the Chanter and the execution of heretics

Kairos Journal is a great source for helpful articles on a variety of subjects ranging from ethics to religion to government. It comes weekly to my email inbox. One of the featured articles this week calls attention to Ad Abolendam, the medieval papal bull that became the “founding charter of the inquisition.”

One Roman Catholic churchman who stood against the practice of executing heretics was Peter the Chanter. He was the supervisor of the liturgy at the Cathedral in Paris. Though his views remained a minority–and largely unheeded–report, they stand as a historical testimony to the power of Scripture to “correct” erroneous doctrine and practice. He also is a reminder of our need not merely to give lip service to biblical authority, but to take it seriously with all diligence and humility.

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Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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