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Bernard’s Life And Works: A Review

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Saint Bernard has been declared a Doctor of the Church on account of his teaching. This makes no sense unless there are those who approach his writing with a willingness to be taught. The first step in coming to a positive appreciation of Bernard's writing is to admit that a considerable gulf exists between the author and modern readers. This chapter focuses on three areas that are important for developing an appreciation of Bernard's writings: his personality, his literary style, and the main themes around which his various works revolve. There is much more that can be said, but these must suffice for the moment. We will be well on the way to appreciating Bernard's if we understand who wrote, how he wrote, and what he wrote.

Keywords:Church; God; Saint Bernard



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