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Bonaventure’s Trinitarian Theology

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The great theologians of the patristic and scholastic ages saw the mystery of the Trinity as foundational to the Christian faith. The Trinitarian dogma has emerged in the Christian world as a function of Christology, dealing first with the theological understanding of the Word and later with the question of the Holy Spirit. There are two figures in the history of Western thought who must be considered in approaching the Trinitarian style of Bonaventure, namely, Augustine and Richard of St.Victor. In his Sentence Commentary, Bonaventure treats scientifically the major questions of both the metaphysical and logical orders. As a convincingly articulated wisdom-theology, Bonaventure's thought is concerned not with knowledge for its own sake, but with saving knowledge. In Bonaventure's thought, the Trinity and Christology are inseparably intertwined. It is clear that Bonaventure's theology is Trinitarian in a way that is profoundly different from that of his contemporary, Aquinas.

Keywords: Aquinas; Augustine; Bonaventure; Christian faith; Christology; Holy Spirit; Richard of St.Victor; Sentence Commentary; Trinitarian theology

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