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A way into scholasticism : a companion to St. Bonaventure's The souls journey into God /

by Dillard, Peter S, autore .
Publisher: Cambridge : James Clarke, 2012Description: xii, 212 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0227679903; 9780227679906.
Contents:
Introduction ix 1 Critical Inquiry and the Desire to Find the Truth 1 2 Through Things to God 10 3 Our Senses and the Divine Mosaic 30 4 Necessity and Divinity 50 5 God Confiding in Us 77 6 God as Pure Being 106 7 God as Superexcellent Goodness 128 8 Ecstatic Contemplation 158 Conclusion: The Pure Land 181 Glossary 189 Bibliography 197 Subject Index 201
Summary: St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio's The Soul's Journey into God is a masterpiece of thirteenth-century Scholasticism. Unfortunately no comprehensive analysis of Bonaventure's seminal treatise exists that is accessible to contemporary audiences. Reinvigorating the medieval tradition of critical commentary for the twenty-first century, Peter Dillard's A Way into Scholasticism: A Companion to St. Bonaventure's The Soul's Journey into God introduces readers to basic Scholastic concepts and arguments by expounding and evaluating Bonaventure's speculative system. Dillard also highlights the relevance of Bonaventure's thought for contemporary philosophical theology. -- Review: "This is a powerful reading and appreciation of Bonaventure's most famous work, The Soul's Journey into God ... In a spare, precise, and occasionally elegant prose, Dillard brings a contemporary mentality to bear on Bonaventure's project and every step involved in the progress through six stages of spiritual growth leading to the possibility of mystical contemplation or ecstasy ... This would be an excellent text for those needing an introduction to Scholasticism as well as for those who feel they have nothing left to learn from Scholasticism." Patrick Madigan, in Heythrop Journal "The author approaches the Bonaventure's text with respect and with special attention explains places that are very easy to misunderstand." Ivan Rohloff OFMConv, in Folia Petropolitana, Vol 2, Issue 1 "This study is a very useful and workmanlike addition to the literature on Bonaventure and his principal theological work, as well as a welcome contribution to the literature on Scholastic thought generally. ... a book that is a delight to read and which would be a valuable addition to a student's library or even more advanced scholar dipping into Scholastic thinking for the first time." Eamonn Gaines, Queen's University of Belfast, in Theological Book Review, Vol 25, No 2.
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Bibliogr. p. 197-199.

Introduction ix 1 Critical Inquiry and the Desire to Find the Truth 1 2 Through Things to God 10 3 Our Senses and the Divine Mosaic 30 4 Necessity and Divinity 50 5 God Confiding in Us 77 6 God as Pure Being 106 7 God as Superexcellent Goodness 128 8 Ecstatic Contemplation 158 Conclusion: The Pure Land 181 Glossary 189 Bibliography 197 Subject Index 201

St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio's The Soul's Journey into God is a masterpiece of thirteenth-century Scholasticism. Unfortunately no comprehensive analysis of Bonaventure's seminal treatise exists that is accessible to contemporary audiences. Reinvigorating the medieval tradition of critical commentary for the twenty-first century, Peter Dillard's A Way into Scholasticism: A Companion to St. Bonaventure's The Soul's Journey into God introduces readers to basic Scholastic concepts and arguments by expounding and evaluating Bonaventure's speculative system. Dillard also highlights the relevance of Bonaventure's thought for contemporary philosophical theology. -- Review: "This is a powerful reading and appreciation of Bonaventure's most famous work, The Soul's Journey into God ... In a spare, precise, and occasionally elegant prose, Dillard brings a contemporary mentality to bear on Bonaventure's project and every step involved in the progress through six stages of spiritual growth leading to the possibility of mystical contemplation or ecstasy ... This would be an excellent text for those needing an introduction to Scholasticism as well as for those who feel they have nothing left to learn from Scholasticism." Patrick Madigan, in Heythrop Journal "The author approaches the Bonaventure's text with respect and with special attention explains places that are very easy to misunderstand." Ivan Rohloff OFMConv, in Folia Petropolitana, Vol 2, Issue 1 "This study is a very useful and workmanlike addition to the literature on Bonaventure and his principal theological work, as well as a welcome contribution to the literature on Scholastic thought generally. ... a book that is a delight to read and which would be a valuable addition to a student's library or even more advanced scholar dipping into Scholastic thinking for the first time." Eamonn Gaines, Queen's University of Belfast, in Theological Book Review, Vol 25, No 2.

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