luther, monasticism, monastic, monastery, monk, grace
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Monasticism was still a major issue in the first half of the 16th century in Europe. It played a definite role in the life of many men and women. Among the famous, Desiderius Erasmus and Ulrich von Hutten left the monastery easily, even eagerly; Martin Luther on the other hand only after immense inner difficulties. Inevitable as the final break was for Luther, it caused him great anguish of soul both before and after. Hence it is hardly surprising that throughout his numerous writings there are frequent references to what was surely one of the most stirring experiences in his exciting spiritual and intellectual history, the doffing-both literally and figuratively-of the monk's cowl.
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
"Martin Luther and the Idea of Monasticism,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 34, Article 62.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol34/iss1/62