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Popular And Catholic: The Modus Docendi Of The Canons Of Dordt

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This chapter examines sources for and the character of the Canons of Dordt as doctrinal teaching that is popular and catholic. A comparison of the Palatinate Modus docendi with the Canons of the First Head of Doctrine shows significant similarities in vocabulary, doctrine, topics and order of discussion. Some of these similarities, especially in vocabulary and doctrine, would not be surprising in light of the long-standing Reformed reflection on these matters. The initial declarations of both documents show how similar they are. One difference between the Palatinate Modus and the Canons is that while the Canons speak directly to the people, the Modus seeks to instruct ministers as to how they should address the people. In general, the conclusion must be that the parallels between the Palatinate Modus and the Canons of the First Head of Doctrine are striking and close.

Keywords: Canons of Dordt; catholic canons; Modus docendi; Palatinate Modus; popular canons



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