The Category of Good in Bonaventure's Creative Trinity: Towards A Dialogue Between Theology and Science

Atawolo, Andreas B. (2016) The Category of Good in Bonaventure's Creative Trinity: Towards A Dialogue Between Theology and Science. Doctoral thesis, Pontificial University Antonianum.

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The main purpose of the study is to present Bonaventure’s theology of creation in Trinitarian paradigm and to bring it as a window towars dialogue with modern science. We choose the term good (bonum) as key word considering that Bonaventure adopts it from the Dionysian principle, but utilizes it to express the biblical conception of God as essentially dynamic in his self diffusiveness (bonum diffusivum sui). The primitas of Father is understood in the function of his charity. We choose this idea as a helpful scenario to find the theological ratio of relation between Trinity and Creation, the two major poles of the present study. A great Italian bonaventurean scholar, Cherubino Bigi OFM, speaking of Bonaventure’s doctrine of time and creation, once wrote that “the first problem of the finite being is the question of its beginning, thus its origin”3. That passage recalls properly Bonaventure’s own words: “If we don’t know the meaning of being per se, we cannot fully know the definition of any particular substance”4. It is considered that the question of the origin is related to our system of knowledge – a theme that has remained meaningful in contemporary thought. Gilson rightly notes that a great metaphysical system must be faced with the problem of the first origin of things; he writes therefore, that “we can never in any case disassociate the explanation of things from the consideration of their raison d’être”5. 3 CHERUBINO BIGI, “La dottrina della temporalità e del tempo in San Bonaventura” (hereafter “La dottrina della temporalità e del tempo”), in Ant, 39 (1964), p. 448. For the most significant themes of Bigi’s study on Bonaventure, see GIOVANNI MOTTA, “Padre Vincenzo Cherubino Bigi Interprete di San Bonaventura”, in DrSer, 61 (2013), p. 107-116. 4 Itin., III, 3 (V, 304a): “Nisi igitur cognoscatur quid est ens per se, non potest plene scire definitio alicuius specialis substantiae”. Latin quotations of Bonaventure’s works are taken from SERAPHICI DOCTORIS SANCTI BONAVENTURE, Opera Omnia (10 volumes), Studio et Cura PP. Collegii a. S. Bonaventure, Ad Claras Aquas, Quaracchi, 1882-1902. 5 E. GILSON, The Philosophy of St. Bonaventure (English translation by Dom Illtyd Trethowan and Frank J. Sheed), Patterson N. J., 1965, p. 104. Bonaventure was not only interested on the question of origin of things but on their finality as well. He writes: “For any person who is unable to consider how things originate, how they are led back to their end, and how God shines forth in them, is incapable of achieving true understanding”6. This quotation indicates subtly his triadic paradigm. Indeed, the basic foundation of Bonaventure’s whole theological system is the Trinity Creator, and we take it as the general logic of this present study. He points out three key words which covers his whole system, namely emanatio, exemplaritas, consummatio: “this is the whole of our metaphysics: It is about emanation, exemplarity, and consummation; that means to be illumined by means of spiritual rays and to be led back to the supreme Being”7.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
A General Works > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
A General Works > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Divisions: Program Pascasarjana > Program Pascasarjana Filsafat
Depositing User: STFD Skrket Driyarkara
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 01:45
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2022 01:45

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