A journal of academic theology

God Creation and the Possibility of Philosophical Wisdom: Perspectives of Bonaventure and Aquinas

Contemporary debates about the relationship between philosophy and theology may be illuminated by comparing Aquinas’s doctrine of philosophical wisdom to Bonaventure’s. For both, philosophical wisdom apprehends God as creator through the medium of creation; the resultant act is therefore distinct from that of theology, which apprehends God through revelation. But Bonaventure also speaks of the capacity of the human soul, transformed by grace, to be formed by the expressive presence of God in creation—and this too, for Bonaventure, is philosophical.

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