The Corruption of Sin

Christopher M. Cullen

in Bonaventure

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149258
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785131 | DOI:

Series: Great Medieval Thinkers

 The Corruption of Sin

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Bonaventure rejects any sort of fundamental dualism between good and evil. He argues that, “a first and absolute evil does not and could not exist because the very notion of First Principle implies supreme plenitude”. Bonaventure follows Augustine in distinguishing between natural and moral evil, or, to use the terminology from Augustine's On Free Choice (De libero arbitrio), the evil of penalty (malum poenae) and the evil of guilt (malum culpae). The former is an evil we suffer, while the latter is a privation of righteousness that we cause. The evil of penalty is just and comes from divine providence.

Keywords: good; evil; Supreme Being

Chapter.  2888 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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