Why Latin, Pars Prima: Revisit

May 19, 2012
There are three reasons to study Latin: 1. To honor God 2. To love neighbor 3. To grow in wisdom and virtue If the study of Latin is not tied to these three things, I don't know of any other way to justify it. My understanding is that for the Christian everything, be it never so practical, must meet this "litmus test." The Christian has high standards. Let's see if we can meet them without falling into self-justification.
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Andrew  Kern

Andrew Kern

Andrew Kern is the founder and president of The CiRCE Institute and the co-author of the book, Classical Education: the Movement Sweeping America


I’m wondering about honor and love.

You changed:

Reason #1 from “Why Study Latin, Pars prima”

1. Love of God


Reason #1 in this post

1. To honor God

When I read “Why Study Latin, Pars prima,” I assumed that by “love of God” you meant that we seek God and the things of God above all else because we love (eros) him and our eros of him would make us seek his honor; that is, to be honored by him with the eternal “well-done.”

But you switched the noun “love of God” to the nominalization, “to honor God”, and now it sounds to me, like “we” might be the subject and God might be the object. In other words, “We should study Latin so that we honor God."

By “to honor God” do you mean that We should honor him, or that we should seek to be honored by Him? Or is it both?

Or maybe “honor” is an act of agape love? We seek to honor God (whatever that means) and to be honored by Him because we agape Him.

What is the first reason?

Loving God seems different than honoring God. Why did you change your first reason?