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Breviloquium

Edited by Dominic V. Monti, O.F.M.

Publication Year: 2005

This is Bonaventure’s comprehensive presentation of Christian doctrine in a form suitable for instructional purposes. It can be used by anyone with an interest in the writings of the Seraphic Doctor

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Front Matter

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Preface

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pp. ix-xi

The origins of this book go back almost a decade. I had recently completed an earlier volume in this series,1 when Brother Edward Coughlin, then Director of the Franciscan Institute, asked me if I would consider translating...

Abbreviations

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pp. xii-

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-l

The Breviloquium and the Itinerarium mentis in Deum are undoubtedly the two works of the Seraphic Doctor that have received the most sustained admiration over the centuries. To judge by the number of extant copies,...

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Prologue

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pp. 1-26

In these words, the great “doctor of the Gentiles and preacher of truth,” filled with the Holy Spirit as a chosen and sanctified instrument,2 discloses the source, procedure, and purpose of Holy Scripture, which is called theology.3 For he intimates that Scripture...

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Part I. On the Trinity of God

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pp. 27-57

1. In the beginning,1 we should understand that sacred doctrine, namely theology, which deals principally with the First Principle – God, three and one – comprises seven topics in all: first, the Trinity of God; second, the creation of the world; third...

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Part II. On the Creation of the World

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pp. 59-98

1. Now that we have presented a summary review of the Trinity of God, we need to say a few things about the creation of the world. Concisely put, we should maintain the following belief concerning this: namely, that the entire world machine was brought...

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Part III. On the Corruption of Sin

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pp. 99-130

1. Having briefly established certain points about the Trinity of God and the creation of the world, we now must touch upon about the corruption [of that creation] by sin. What we must maintain concerning this may be summarized as follows: that sin is not any kind of essence, but a defect and corruptive...

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Part IV. On the Incarnation of the Word

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pp. 131-168

1. Having said something about the Trinity of God, the creation of the world, and the corruption of sin, we now turn to a brief discussion of the Incarnation of the Word, for it was by the Word’s becoming flesh that the salvation and redemption of humankind was achieved. This was not because God could not...

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Part V. On the Grace of the Holy Spirit

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pp. 169-210

1. Now that we have examined the Incarnation of the Word, which is the origin and wellspring of every gratuitous gift,1 we must say something about the grace of the Holy Spirit. This we will consider under four aspects: first, as a divinely given gift;...

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Part VI. On the Sacramental Remedy

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pp. 211-264

1. Thus far we have examined the Trinity of God, the creation of the world, the corruption of sin, the Incarnation of the Word, and the grace of the Holy Spirit. So now, in the sixth place, we must consider the sacramental remedy. 1 There are seven...

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Part VII. On the Repose of the Final Judgement

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pp. 265-301

1. We have now briefly spoken of the Trinity of God, the creation of the world, the corruption of sin, the incarnation of the Word, the grace of the Holy Spirit, and the sacramental remedy. It remains for us, in seventh and last place, to treat the repose of the final judgment.1 In this regard, the following...

Index of Scriptural Passages

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pp. 303-308

Index of Church Fathers, Ecclesiastical Authors, and Glossae

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pp. 309-326

Index of Philosophers and Jurists

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pp. 327-329

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781576593301
E-ISBN-10: 1576593304
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591994
Print-ISBN-10: 1576591999

Page Count: 380
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 9
Series Title: Works of St. Bonaventure
Series Editor Byline: Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.