Medieval languages

steve51885's picture

Hi all-

I am interested in learning more about medieval ideas and wanted to know more about the languages spoken in the Holy roman empire, although it was mostly german. So far I have found out that Latin was an official language for a long time, but the last 200 years german was more dominant. I tend to think that the reformation had something to do with the language change. I don't know if I have time to learn both latin and german (or desire!), but I think that to understand what the monks were learning at that time would be invaluable to Christians. Thanks for your help!


tomgroeneman's picture

systematic theology

I did not have any specific chapters in mind. I have read Grudem and as a practical Catholic Aquinas speaks more to my position. My impression of Grudem is that he is more of a sort of generic theology because of the diversity of opinion within contemporary evangelicalism. I am surprised that you would know what Aquinas says without reading him. His argument for the existence of God contra atheism is essential for any Christian. I have also read Calvin and find him worthwhile except for his determinism. People in these circles speak of the corruption of Rome freely without acknowledging the excesses of Protestant ministers that have been equally egregious. If there is to be reconciliation there must also be honesty and repentance on both sides. We are all sinners saved by grace.

Tom Groeneman