Inside the Medieval Mind (BBC documentary)

by Luke Muehlhauser on August 25, 2010 in Video


Part one, Knowledge, begins here (click through to watch the rest):

The other parts are: Sex, Belief, and Power.

Why is this relevant? Hopefully it can illuminate the motivations behind medieval theology.

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Hermes August 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

The difference between then and now?

Many medieval people accepted these stories. Now, people accept different stories.


Hermes August 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I don’t see much difference between the comments in the videos and the comments of some of the theists who visit here. They’d feel quite at home in medieval England.


lukeprog August 25, 2010 at 8:53 pm


Even Bill Craig has said he wants to “turn back the Enlightenment”!


Rob August 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm


I’ve suggested that you interview Catholic apologist Edward Feser. Here is a typical quotation:

“Our story then is one of a steady ascent from sunny Greek valleys to the divine light of the medieval Gothic heights – followed by a nightmarish toboggan ride down into the dark bowels of modernity’s version of Plato’s cave.”

According to his view, western civilization peeked intellectually in the 13th century. Then the Renaissance and Enlightenment came along and ruined everything.

Have you interviewed a Catholic yet?


G'DIsraeli August 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Somewhat in the same subject…Medieval courts were not so sympathetic. Did you watch “The Passion of Joan of Arc”? I never knew films could be so powerful at that time of production. Beautiful camera work (close-ups and angles)and narrative rhythm. Acting a little over dramatic, but back then the film actors were not yet over the theater style.


Hermes August 26, 2010 at 12:05 am

Luke, I’ve heard him say that. He’s an evil bastard.


lukeprog August 26, 2010 at 1:13 am


Yup, Feser is still on my list.


lukeprog August 26, 2010 at 1:20 am


The one by Dreyer? Yeah, that film is so badass.


Eric August 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

“According to his view, western civilization peeked intellectually in the 13th century.”

Well, let’s be fair: he’s not saying that our scientific, historical, medical, anthropological etc. intellectual achievements “peaked” in the Middle Ages, but that we were better off philosophically then (not in all respects, to be sure, but in many fundamental respects) than we are now. Sure, this is still a somewhat controversial claim (though not as controversial as some might think), but it’s much more plausible than the general claim that the West “peaked intellectually” in the thirteenth century.


Hermes August 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Better off philosophically?


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