Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life, Thought and Writings

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“Simply Bonaventure may very well become the standard English introduction to Bonaventure's thought for college and graduate school teachers and students.”

Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM

Professor of Church History

Franciscan School of Theology Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California.

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Overview

“Simply Bonaventure may very well become the standard English introduction to Bonaventure's thought for college and graduate school teachers and students.”

Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM

Professor of Church History

Franciscan School of Theology Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California.

Simply Bonaventure provides an introduction to the life, thought and writings of the medieval Franciscan, Bonaventure of Bagnoregio. The majority of the work is devoted to Bonaventure's theology, which is summarized according to his own metaphysical scheme of origin (God), purpose (creation), and destiny (goal of creation). His trinitarian, Christocentric theology is highly relevant to a global world and to the postmodern Christian experience. Sr. Delio's work is the first to provide a comprehensive view of Bonaventure's theology, together with an introduction to his life and writings, and to place his theology in dialogue with contemporary human experience.

“With this book Ilia Delio has provided a long needed introduction to Bonaventure's thought. But she has done more than merely open the door to Bonaventure's world. Because of the depth of her own mature scholarly and spiritual insight, her book can enrich not only beginners but seasoned Bonaventure scholars as well.”

Ewert Cousins

Editor and Translator of the

Bonaventure volume in The

Classics of Western Spirituality

“Ilia Delio's work combines the adroit use of primary sources, the best of critical commentaries on Bonaventure's thought, and contemporary questions to take the reader on an exciting journey into the heart of one of the medieval period's most dynamic Franciscan thinkers.”

Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M.

“This fine book is deeply rooted in the very best scholarship yet presented in a gentle spirit and un-intimidating style. Those who study it carefully will gain not only a renewed appreciation of a truly great theologian and saint, but also an admiration for the loving way in which Delio has treated his spiritual vision. I strongly recommend this work to anyone interested in the very best spiritual writing.”

John F. Haught

Professor of Theology

Georgetown Universit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565481619
  • Publisher: New City Press NY
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sr. Ilia Delio, O.S.F., holds a doctorate in Historical Theology from Fordham University and is currently an Assistant Professor at Washington Theological Union. She is the author of Crucified Love: Bonaventure's Mysticism of the Crucified Christ and of many articles for major theological magazines.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Bonaventure's Life
From Paris to Assisi 21
Bonaventure's Thought
Trinity 39
Creation 54
Humanity 67
Incarnation 84
Journey to God 99
Imitation of Christ 115
Contemplation 130
Peace 145
Reductio 158
Excerpts of Bonaventure's Writings
A Note on the Writings 175
Whether the Human Person is Truly an Image of God 179
Primacy and Trinity 182
A Letter to the Abbess and Sisters of Saint Clare in Assisi 185
From the Prologue to the Tree of Life 187
On the Third Commandment of the Decalogue: Collation IV 189
First Collation on the Six Days of Creation 191
Select Bibliography 195
Titles and Abbreviations of Bonaventure's Works 198
Glossary of Terms 199
Index 204
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