Volume 15, Issue 2, April 1998
Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Society of Christian philosophers
Adriaan T. Peperzak
Bonaventure’s Contribution to the Twentieth Century Debate on Apophatic Theology
To what extent does Bonaventure’s work contribute to a renewal of negative theology? Rather than answering this question directly, this article focuses on the negative moments which, according to Bonaventure, characterize the human quest for God and the docta ignorantia to which it is oriented. Bonaventure’s synthesis of Aristotelian ontology and Dionysian Neoplatonism is a wisdom that admires God’s being good as manifested in Christ’s human suffering and death.