01 February 2013
New Lutheran Quote of the Day
The performance of the doxology is a unique feature of Christian worship. In the early church it served to distinguish Christians from Jews as well as the orthodox from the heterodox. It was therefore rightly regarded as the epitome of orthodoxy, for orthodoxy is right praise, the correct performance of doxology to the Triune God. The glory of God was therefore never understood in the early church as an abstract principle for the motivation of a right attitude to life and for submission to the sovereignty of
God, as it has become in many western churches under the influence of Calvin, but was
acknowledged and celebrated ritually in the eucharistic liturgy.—Dr. John Kleinig, The Mystery of Doxology.