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Trinitarian Perspectives in the Franciscan Theological Tradition

Mariah Calisi, Ph.D.

Publication Year: 2008

Trinitarian Perspectives in the Franciscan Theological Tradition by Dr. Maria Calisi builds substantially on the previous volumes in the Franciscan Heritage series sponsored by the Secretariat for the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition (CFIT) of the English Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor. Dr. Calisi is an authority on the theology of Saint Bonaventure. Her exposition of the foundations of the Seraphic Doctor's theology in the contemplative experience of and reflection on the relational nature of God's life retrieves an important theological perspective applicable to our contemporary search for meaning. Well schooled in the patristic inheritance, Calisis engages the reader with a simple but profound analysis of the creedal sign shared by all Christians: In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. In these pages we will discover how doctrine can shape life, and life, doctrine; how faith-filled human beings rooted in Trinitarian love can bear great fruit for both Church and society by engaging practitioners in action supportive of personal dignity, ecumenical relationships, social transformation, and ecclesial reform.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Title Page

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Contents

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pp. 2-3

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General Editor’s Introduction

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pp. 4-12

Trinitarian Perspectives in the Franciscan Theological Tradition by Dr. Maria Calisi builds substantially on the previous four volumes in the Franciscan Heritage Series sponsored by the Secretariat for the Retrieval of the Franciscan...

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Introduction: The Scriptural Revelation and Trinitarian Theology

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pp. 13-15

All four of the Gospels present the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River as the only time God is made manifest as three Persons.15 This was fitting because Jesus’ baptism may be viewed as the inauguration of Jesus’ public ministry in which...

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Part I: Bonaventure’s Trinitarian Theology

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pp. 16-65

Much of Bonaventure’s highly developed trinitarian theology is arguably about God in Godself, i.e., about the pre-cosmic and eternal processions, relations, and unity within the inner life of God. This had been part of the scholastic theology...

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Part II: Bonaventure, Francis,and the Experience of the Tri-Personal God

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pp. 66-94

In contrast to Bonaventure and all trinitarian theological discourse, Francis did not understand the Trinity in philosophical categories. He was not trained as a scholastic or “schoolman.” Francis had a deep and abiding consciousness of God in his life, and this experience of God was tri-Personal....

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 95-97


E-ISBN-13: 9781576593219
E-ISBN-10: 1576593215
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576592045
Print-ISBN-10: 1576592049

Page Count: 92
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 5
Series Title: The Franciscan Heritage Series
Series Editor Byline: Joseph P. Chinninci, O.F.M.

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Subject Headings

  • Trinity.
  • Bonaventure, Saint, Cardinal, ca. 1217-1274.
  • Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226.
  • Franciscans -- Theology.
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