Why Study the Middle Ages?

from Aug 24, 2019 Category: Ligonier Resources

In this brief clip for his teaching series A Survey of Church History,W. Robert Godfrey explains why it’s important for Christians to understand what happened in the Middle Ages. Watch this entire message for free. 

Transcript

The most important question of course is “What were the middle ages? What was the character of them?” In textbooks, maybe a hundred years ago, they were often referred to as the “Dark Ages” and that was a wonderful way of being able to say nothing important happen and we can skip it. And there’s a, particularly, a Protestant tendency to do that. Okay, Augustine died, when exactly did Luther come along? Let’s go from one good guide to another and let’s ignore the fact that there are only about eleven hundred years between them and surely nothing much could have happened in those eleven hundred years.

Let’s get to the Reformation. Well, they weren’t a Dark Age. They were in fact an age of a great deal of cultural and intellectual and ecclesiastical accomplishment that is very important and we need to take a serious look at.