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 Post subject: Neutralitas non valet in regno Dei
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:54 am 
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Can anyone translate "neutralitas non valet in regno Dei"? It is a Latin expression used in Karl Barth's Dogmatics


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 Post subject: Re: Neutralitas non valet in regno Dei
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:06 am 
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I'm guessing something like, "neutrality is not strong in God's Kingdom." (?). :scratch: Something like that...

We have a few members here who are Latin scholars, like Pro Ecclesia Dei, or Obi Wan Kanobi, who is a priest.


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 Post subject: Re: Neutralitas non valet in regno Dei
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That's a pretty good translation.

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 Post subject: Re: Neutralitas non valet in regno Dei
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 Post subject: Re: Neutralitas non valet in regno Dei
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Valet can be a funny word to translate sometimes....it is so clear what it means if you know Latin, but in certain contexts so hard to translate.

DF gave a decent translation.One might also render it "neutrality does not prevail in the kingdom of God"

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 Post subject: Re: Neutralitas non valet in regno Dei
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:11 pm 
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Thank you so much for the translation.


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 Post subject: Re: Neutralitas non valet in regno Dei
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OK, so I am chiming in some months late, but I would translate this rather more idiomatically as "Neutrality isn't worth much in the Kingdom of God", or "... doesn't count....", or "... does not avail..." or "...does not signify..." (using 'signify' in the sense of 'has weight or significance') or even "...is of little importance...."

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