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The Theology of History in St. Bonaventure

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Hardcover, 268 pages
Published December 31st 1989 by Ignatius Press (first published June 1st 1971)
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Jul 08, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. While this book is of interest to students of Ratzinger and Bonaventure for obvious reasons, it is of general interest due to its masterful explication of 13th-century attitudes towards revelation, salvation history, eschatology, and the relationship between philosophy and theology. Of particular note is its lengthy treatment of the influence of Joachim of Fiori on both Bonaventure and the church as a whole. This book definitely did more for my understanding of the mind of the medie ...more
Sep 13, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
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This is Ratzinger's (Pope Benedict XVI) dissertation (or, if I recall, his rehabilitation). Regardless of your opinion of his current ecclesiological and political views, this is an amazing work. I read it for a class on Philosophy of History -- clearly, from a Catholic institution --, yet nonetheless the work provides a great view on a medieval interpretation of history from one of the great thinkers of that era.

Ratzinger does a great job in painting the context in which Bonaventure wrote: the
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Apr 08, 2012 Darrick Taylor rated it it was amazing
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This is the pope's revision of his doctoral thesis, and in my opinion, is the best thing he ever wrote. Setting the historical outlook of St. Bonaventure in the context of 13th century disputes about how the kingdom of God was to be realized, Ratzinger shows through close readings of his texts how Bonaventure did not view the realization of the Kingdom as a "this worldly" event, but something that lay outside of time, after the end of history.
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, an ...more
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