“The One and the Many in Bonaventure: Exemplarity Explained”

This article explores Bonaventure’s understanding of exemplarity. It appears in a special issue of the journal Religions devoted to “Plato Among the Christians.” The text can be found here.

Boston Colloquy on Historical Theology, August 3-5, 2017

St. Bonaventure Conference, 7/12/17-7/15/17

I will be at the conference on St. Bonaventure at Saint Bonaventure University in New York. I will read a paper entitled: “The Eucharistic Horizon of Bonaventure’s Christology: A Speculative Approach.”

“Bonaventure’s Cosmological Christocentrism: Understanding The Reduction of the Arts to Theology.” University of Dallas, 10/29/15

“Bonaventure’s Cosmological Christocentrism: Understanding The Reduction of the Arts to Theology.

This talk, presented to a graduate philosophy course on Bonaventure’s theology of history, will delve in depth into the structure and content of one of Bonaventure’s shortest and richest works, The Reduction of the Arts to Theology. Taking the work as containing in nuce all of Bonaventure’s theological system, the nature of the system will be unfolded and illuminated.

Marvel Superheroes: A Discussion with Junius Johnson 10/2/15

On Oct. 2 I will be leading a discussion with members of the Anselm Society of Colorado Springs on themes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More information about the event can be found here.

Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory

Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory is available on Amazon.

Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory takes a close look at the doctrines that depend on and influence views of atonement in order to make clear what place atonement occupies within the larger system of Christian theology. I consider key concepts and tensions within the doctrine of atonement itself, which may be emphasized or glossed over to create the shape of particular doctrines. This guide briefly discusses major figures in the development of Christian doctrines of atonement to the end of the Middle Ages, then turns to the major primary and secondary sources and provides an orientation to the rich literature existing on this topic.

Theological Word and Literary Flesh: Bonaventurean Cosmology and the Cosmic Trilogy of C.S. Lewis

My article on the relation between the cosmology of St. Bonaventure and the fictional universe of C.S. Lewis’ Cosmic Trilogy is available from Literature and Theology. You can read the entire article here.

C.S. Lewis’ Cosmic trilogy borrows extensively from Lewis’ training as a medievalist in the construction of its narrative world. This fact invites a close comparison of the relationship of Lewis’ fictional universe to medieval cosmology. This article attempts such a comparison, using as its medieval example St. Bonaventure, one of the greatest of the medieval Platonists. Bonaventure’s theologically-driven cosmology and Lewis’ fictional setting will be compared on three themes: 1) the use of the image of light, 2) imago dei theology, and 3) possible worlds. The result is an illumination of themes and commitments in the theology underlying the Cosmic Trilogy.

What If God’s Not Invisible? Finding the Creator in an Ugly World 10/3/15

On Saturday, Oct. 3, I will be speaking in Colorado Springs on beauty and God. find more information about the event here.

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