How do knowledge and love relate to one another in mystical union? How does St. Bonaventure’s imagery in the “Itinerarium Mentis in Deum” guide the reader to mystical union with the persons of the Trinity?
Dr. Jay Hammond, Associate Professor of Medieval Christianity at St. Louis University, argues that St. Bonaventure does not prioritize either intellect or will in his understanding of mystical union contra many current scholars who place St. Bonaventure in the voluntarist camp in his talk entitled “Trinitarian Mystical Union: A Rereading of Bonaventure’s Itinerarium Mentis in Deum”. Dr. Hammond’s talk was part of the St. Bonaventure Workshop at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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Evidence indicates a date early in the 360’s for both ep. 9 and Contra Eunomium, the Trinitarian works of Basil of Caesarea.
It is commonly acknowledged that Basil of Caesarea’s thought about the Trinity changed at some point in the 360s. Naturally, the chronological ordering of Basil’s early theological works will reveal the nature of the change in his thought and account for the subsequent evaluation of it. Basil’s ep. 9 and Contra Eunomium are especially important here because they preserve a great deal of what Basil has to say about the Trinity. But according to the way in which most date these works, the change in his thought is not a gradual progression culminating in Nicene orthodoxy but Basil’s purposeful misrepresentation of his own position so as to hide his true thoughts in the interest of imperial and ecclesiastical politics.
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