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Date of Award

5-2001

Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Monastic Studies

Department

School of Theology • Seminary

First Advisor

Charles A. Bobertz

Abstract

This paper demonstrates the influence and transmission of Augustine's treatise De Trinitate into the 12th century, particularly in the thought of William of St. Thierry, a Benedictine abbot who became a Cistercian through the influence of his friend and fellow Cistercian Bernard of Clairvaux. My method was to survey William's schema of spiritual life and then to identify parallels and influences from Augustine. As such, this paper uses a contrast and comparison approach for this textual study.

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