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Gildas | Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews

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“What would you do if there were no God? Would you commit robbery, rape, and murder, or would you continue being a good and moral person? Either way the question is a debate stopper. If the answer is that you would soon turn to robbery, rape, or murder, then this is a moral indictment of your character, indicating you are not to be trusted because if, for any reason, you were to turn away from your belief in God, your true immoral nature would emerge. If the answer is that you would continue being good and moral, then apparently you can be good without God.”
by Michael Shermer


The following text is based on that of Theodore Mommsen in the Monumenta Germaniae Historia series. I have eschewed the use of capital letters on the grounds that Gildas would not have used them, and I have universally rendered Mommsen’s v as u, as would Gildas.

Some—but not all—of the paragraph divisions have been adapted from Michael Winterbottom’s text and translation (Chichester: Phillimore, 1978).

The broad divisions I have adopted are those suggested by the internal logic of the text but have no manuscript authority. Other divisions are possible.

Progress on typing up the text has not been as rapid as I would like. It all needs to be checked several times, and the details will (eventually) make their way into the metadata stored in the html headers. In the meantime, if there are any errors that really stand out, please let me know.