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Even his celebrated amorous relationship was long-standing, apparently faithful, lovin g and i n accord wit h contemporary Roma n mora l practice . I n contrast, Luther was fiercely ascetic only before hi s radical break with monasticis m an d Rome . Both Augustine and Luther were fathers, but only Luthe r married - Augustin e painfull y broke of f his relationship , while Luthe r marrie d a former nun , seemingl y out o f duty, thoug h h e soon discovere d great happines s i n marriage . (4) In terms of religious psychology, both Augustine and Luther had what is sometimes called a 'twice-born' and Aquinas a 'once-born' type of religious temperament.
Nonetheless, th e fac t tha t Aquina s was so concerned t o explor e correlation s betwee n Aristotelian ethics and Christia n ethics makes his work highly relevant to a discussion of the externa l question . I t does , a t least , provid e a clea r answe r t o th e proble m o f th e relationship between Christian ethics and moral philosoph y (a s presented i n Copleston' s Extract 3) . Fo r Aquinas , ther e wa s n o inheren t conflict betwee n Aristotelianis m an d Christianity, since th e first was primarily concerned with what coul d be known throug h natural reason, whereas the second relied, in addition, upon supernatural revelation.
I n contrast, Luther was fiercely ascetic only before hi s radical break with monasticis m an d Rome . Both Augustine and Luther were fathers, but only Luthe r married - Augustin e painfull y broke of f his relationship , while Luthe r marrie d a former nun , seemingl y out o f duty, thoug h h e soon discovere d great happines s i n marriage . (4) In terms of religious psychology, both Augustine and Luther had what is sometimes called a 'twice-born' and Aquinas a 'once-born' type of religious temperament.