More Than Threadbare

“I am not ignorant, indeed, of the assertion, which is now more than threadbare, ‘that images are the books of the unlearned.’ So said Gregory: but the Holy Spirit gives a very different decision; and had Gregory got his lesson in this matter in the Spirit’s school, he never would have spoken as he did. For when Jeremiah declares that ‘the stock is a doctrine of vanities,’ (Jer. 10: 8,) and Habakkuk, ‘that the molten image’ is ‘a teacher of lies,’ the general doctrine to be inferred certainly is, that every thing respecting God which is learned from images is futile and false” (John Calvin, Institutes, 1.11.5).

This quote from John Calvin brings to mind an old correspondence concerning The Idolatry Of The Protestant Reformed Churches.

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