What is Ad Fontes?
The Latin phrase, Ad fontes was brought into common parlance by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. While, the phrase had long before appeared in the Latin Valgate’s translation of Psalm 42 it was Erasmus who first applied it to the study of the humanities and in particular to the classical languages. Ad fontes was and still is the battle cry against ignorance and indifference. It, was this phrase that fueled the passions and informed the creativity of the Renaissance. So, although Erasmus was a Catholic scholar his ‘Ad fontes’ movement was so universal in appeal it was also adopted by many of the Protestants Reformers and became their battle cry as well. The modern day secular Liberal Arts education and Classical education of the West also owe much to Erasmus as well as to the other great Christian pioneers of Renaissance.