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Published on Nov 4, 2014
Reformation Day Lecture: "Gottschalk: Medieval Confessor of God's Absolute Sovereignty" by Rev. Angus Stewart For a fine book on "Gottschalk: Servant of God," see 1) http://www.cprf.co.uk/bookstore/gotts... (UK) 2) http://rfpa.org/collections/new-relea... (rest of the world) For Gottschalk quotes, see http://www.cprf.co.uk/audio/gottschal... Who was Gottschalk? What did he teach? What did the departing church of the 9th century do to him? What can we learn from his witness today? Though little known today, Gottschalk was the man, in all the Middle Ages, who taught most clearly and stood most firmly for the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation. Born in Germany, the son of a Saxon count, Gottschalk became a monk and a priest, and preached in parts of western, central and southern Europe, including France, Italy, Austria, the Balkans and Bulgaria. The ninth-century theologian even featured on a Croatian postage stamp in 1996 in recognition of his visit. However, not all liked Gottschalk's faithful and forceful preaching and writing on God's eternal predestination. He was at the centre of a theological controversy in ninth-century Europe, involving the highest churchman and most important civil rulers of the day. On several occasions, he was condemned as a heretic and a disturber of the public peace, beaten and whipped, and imprisoned. After nearly twenty years under house arrest (like Paul at the end of Acts 28), he died on 30 October about 1150 years ago. This Reformation Day lecture (given on 31 October, 2014) covers Gottschalk's eventful life and his powerful teaching on God's predestination, the extent of Christ’s atonement and the power of the will of the Most High who saves all whom He desires to save, and includes a PowerPoint presentation.