Our Relational World Today: Exploring the Wisdom of St. Bonaventure

Franciscan Studies 71:511-539 (2013)
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The theme of this essay centers on the ways in which the theology of St. Bonaventure, who lived in the thirteenth century, can truly enhance the theological thinking of the twenty-first century. Bonaventure’s theological approach is fundamentally inter-relational, and inter-relational ways of thinking dominate the cultures of today’s world. Are these two forms of inter-relational perception compatible with one another? In this lecture, I attempt to show that the Franciscan world-view, especially as formulated by Bonaventure, offers a major format that unites our current world with a current and deeply respected religious way of thinking. The basis for this inter-connection can be stated in a succinct way: in..

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