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Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Actually, the study of the relationship between Luther and Bernard is an investigation into the Catholic Luther, a study of Luther's medieval theological heritage. Although Luther reformed the church and reoriented its theology, he retained an appreciation for those Christian theologians and churchmen who had preceded him and were transmitting to him the faith once delivered to the saints. In the investigation of one or more aspects of the relationship between Luther and Bernard, one confronts an interesting illustration of Luther's appreciation of the medieval Catholic tradition. The serious student of Luther must recognize that Luther basically approached the history of the Church and Christian thought with an evangelical perspective. Luther recognized that the theological tradition which he received through St. Bernard and many others did contain the light of Christ.
Pragman, James, "St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Martin Luther on Monasticism" (1965). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 394.
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