In this new translation of Bonaventure’s Breviloquium, Dominic Monti brings to the English speaking world – for the first time – one of the most brilliant yet. St. Bonaventure’s Breviloquium is a very concise handbook (hence the name) summarizing many of the most important concepts of medieval theology written for. This is Bonaventure’s comprehensive presentation of Christian doctrine in a form suitable for instructional purposes. It can be used by anyone with an interest in.

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It comprises an important prologue, and seven chapters breviliquium respectively with: All these, however, are dependent upon the one principle of authority, and properly so. Rama Rajnosek rated it it was amazing Oct 13, He is known as the “Seraphic Doctor” Latin: Matthew Mark Luke John.

And, bearing on this: It is by bbreviloquium, moreover, that the wisdom given us by God must be measured, lest anyone be more wise than it behoveth to he wise. Yielding to their wishes, I have agreed to compose what may be called a “Breviloquium,” in which, though the whole subject is not covered, the more important points are touched upon.

Otherwise, it is not difficult to understand and is well worth reading. Its promulgation was not directed against him, but rather against Gerard of Borgo San Donnino. Philosophy, on the other hand, is concerned, not only with moral truths, but bgeviloquium with truth as the object of the purely speculative intellect. Paul, to the sapiential; the Apocalypse, to the prophetical. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The second rule is this: Hence, these different parts of Scripture should not have applied to them a uniform method of interpretation.

One person found this helpful. Although he frequently insists on the nothingness of man in relation to the transcendent Creator, time and again he emphasizes the power and the glory of man, master of the material universe and heir to the eternal kingdom. One must know philosophers to read Bonaventure, but the study of Bonaventure is seldom helpful for understanding philosophers and their characteristic problems.


Kameron rated it liked it Nov 30, Learn more about Amazon Prime. In a way that is not true of Aquinas or Albert or Scotus, Bonaventure does not survive well the transition from his time to ours. Like Aquinas and other notable thirteenth-century philosophers and theologians, Bonaventure believed that it is possible to prove the existence of God and the immortality of the soul.

He agrees with Saint Albert the Great in regarding theology as a practical science; its truths, according to his view, are peculiarly adapted to influence the affections. On the Sacramental Remedy pp. The fourth announces the mystery of this salvation, now plainly, now in words enigmatic and obscure. A text to which I will have to return more than once. Thus, since Holy Scripture is a science drawing the soul away from evil and impelling it toward good, and this by appealing to both fear and love, it is divided into two Testaments which, “to put it shortly, differ as fear differs from love.

St. Bonaventure :: The Breviloquium

The very depth that lies beneath the humble bonwventure reproves the proud, casts out the unclean, drives away the insincere, and bonaevnture the slothful rbeviloquium search the mysteries. He was ordained in Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. On the Trinity of God pp. Retrieved 5 January Learn more about Amazon Prime. Bonaventure’s Inaugural Lecture at Paris”. Holy Scripture, then, is like an immense river: Now, there are four ways of prompting someone toward good and drawing him away from evil: In that light, it’s maybe most helpful to see this work as a sort of textbook, designed for young friars who were entering the order and the university without a large background of theological training.


Catholicism portal Philosophy portal. His theology was marked by an attempt completely to integrate faith and reason.

The first are described plainly, the second somewhat more indirectly, and the third in an even more mysterious way. Thus, he conveniently and properly applies to this truly infused wisdom Platonic and Augustinian notions originally, and erroneously, intended to explain natural knowledge.

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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? The purpose of Scriptural doctrine is that we become virtuous x and attain salvation. But though the method may seem artificial the exposition often rises to poetical and lyrical heights that make the “Breviloquium” rather a sustained canticle of praise than a manual breviliquium theology.

Bonaventure wrote the Breviloquium inthe same year that he was elected Minister General of the rather tumultuous Franciscan order.


Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. A master of the memorable phrase, Bonaventure held that philosophy opens the mind to at least three different routes humans can take on their journey to God.

In quoting the Scriptures, the general procedure has been to cite the sacred texts in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine version, for all books which have reached translation at the time of publication of this volume.

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Such, then, must be our goal and our intent in studying and in teaching the Scriptures, and also in hearing them.