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St Bonaventure, OFM

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198267553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683282 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.003.0006
St Bonaventure, OFM

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More than St Albert, more even than Thomas Aquinas, St Bonaventure has sometimes suffered from ill-directed praise, obscuring his real qualities. Both in academic theology, in dialectics, and in matters of practical politics these were considerable. On the knowability of God by creatures, Bonaventure pulls out all the rhetorical stops to convey the impression that God is knowable. His use of the Power Distinction, though slight enough when measured against the volume of his output, is significant. God, in Bonaventure's view, is said to be omnipotent by being potent in respect of every (complete) power without exception. For Bonaventure, the divine nature itself is a ‘complete power’, God's option-tied power is a ‘complete power’ in the way in which an individual may be said to be complete, and God's option-neutral power is to be identified with the divine nature.

Keywords: St Bonaventure; God; power; Power Distinction; omnipotent; complete power; divine nature; option-neutral power; option-tied power; creatures

Chapter.  14971 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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