By way of a forward reading of Bernard's and Luther's texts, this article demonstrates great similarities between Bernard and Luther, as well as between the Italian reform Catholics and Luther, in their understanding of faith and grace. Thus, it counters the tradition from the Luther renaissance and from Catholic theology, which both through a certain bent of the material claim that such similarities are not to be found. The article maintains that already Bernard taught that humans are saved through faith alone and through grace alone quite in accordance with Luther.
Luther-bulletin, 2009, Issue 18, p. 20-43
Bernhard af Clairvaux; Luther; reform og reformation; skriften alene; troen alene; nåden alene; brudemystik; Bernard of Clairvaux; reform and reformation; scripture alone; faith alone; grace alone; bridal mysticism