Philosophy, Saint Bonaventure, Saints, Theology

Seraphic Systematic Theology

Bonaventure Book“It should be clear from even this brief overview that Bonaventure was deeply aware of Aristotle’s errors and their interrelatedness. His suspicion of Aristotle increased, presumably as a result of the development of the extreme Aristotelianism of the Averroists. The only proper reading of Aristotle is a critical one; an uncritical reading leads to a whole mesh of errors. If one affirms the eternity of the world, then one denies creation, for creation is necessarily in time. If one denies exemplarism, then God does not know his creation. It follows that God knows only himself, as Aristotle implies in his Metaphysics. If God does not know his creation, then he can exercise no government or providence over it. All events would then transpire as a result of chance or necessity. Of course, if there is no providence, there is no ultimate justice in the world. There is no ultimate reward and punishment. All of these views flow from the denial of exemplarism. It is difficult to overstate the centrality of this doctrine in Bonaventure’s whole synthesis.”

Christopher M. Cullen, Great Medieval Thinkers: Bonaventure –


 

– Lucas G. Westman

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