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By Christopher Martin

Takes the coed step by step in the course of the highbrow difficulties of Medieval suggestion, explaining the imperative strains of argument from Augustine of Hippos to the 16th century.

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The first is the medieval religious tradition, which is of great importance to medieval culture in general, and may, please God, be in some way familiar to at least some readers today: and the other is the medieval tradition of learning. 4 Community Of Faith And Community Of Learning Authority is used, it has been said, to introduce the newcomer typically the child into a community, a community with a past towards which it typically has a determined attitude. The newcomers accept the authority they have not yet acquired the standards within the community by which the statements of authority can be judged and learn the beliefs, attitudes, standards and behaviour which are appropriate to members of that community.

It is hard to re-create the medieval traditional culture as a whole: it is even hard for us to understand what it is to be initiated into such a culture, in which tradition was whole-heartedly accepted. What we can do is to speak of a couple of key aspects of the medieval < previous page page_25 next page > < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 tradition. The first is the medieval religious tradition, which is of great importance to medieval culture in general, and may, please God, be in some way familiar to at least some readers today: and the other is the medieval tradition of learning.

But we should dwell on what it means really to believe this. It is not just that God has appeared, to work a miracle, or to be worshipped, or to found a race of kings, as happens in pagan mythologies. It is, rather, that the one and only God, the God who made all the universe and keeps it in existence from one moment to the next, has intervened in a decisive way in the lives of all rational beings on this earth: He proclaimed a law and offered < previous page page_26 next page > < previous page page_27 next page > Page 27 eternal favour to those who fulfilled that law.

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