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The Theological Starting Point: An Infinitely Free Relational God

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This chapter specifies the foundational issue as follows: the theological point of departure for a Franciscan theology of church is a theology of an infinitely free and relational God, who is diffusive goodness, unending love, and infinitely free. The chapter is divided into four parts: 1. the theologies of a triune God in western Christianity. 2. The theology of a relational God in Bonaventure 3. The capacity of the human mind and will to comprehend God. 4. A contemporary theology of a relational God. In the history of western theology there have been three different major approaches to the Trinitarian God.

Keywords: Bonaventure; Franciscan theology; free relational God; Trinitarian God; western Christianity



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