Medieval languages

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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!

Steve

steve51885's picture

Grudem and Aquinas

It is interesting that you say the theology of the middle ages is more pure in regards to their position on God then the idealism of the 18th century. I personally don't relate well with much idealism.

I guess I relate better with the existentialism of the 19th and 20th century. As a protestant, I just don't have access to the medieval texts and as an evangelical Christian I am just searching for whatever I can get my hands on. I loved to read the orthodox text "the philokalia" and I was looking for a Catholic text that is similar, but there is just nothing out there, which is why I am so interested in learning languages like latin. With all of the people that speak freely of the corruption of Rome, I think there is alot positive that happened and although I don't agree with everything in catholic doctrine, I do know there is alot of their ideas that I haven't heard of yet, and I think there is good reason that Rome is still called the eternal city.

I haven't read Aquinas because I can't get ahold of a good copy, but recently viewed with contentment the copy that is available on CCEL and I think I am going to start to read more of Aquinas, I don't know why I haven't read him earlier. It is peculiar that his documents are in english, while most of the other latin authors are still in latin... but I think that Aquinas is a good place to start, thanks for the tip!

Steve




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