The Theology of History in Saint Bonaventure
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By Joseph Ratzinger
The Theology of History in Saint Bonaventure is Joseph Ratzinger’s professorial dissertation, originally published in German in 1959. Focusing on the nature of revelation itself and the distinctive character of Bonaventure’s historical setting, Ratzinger weaves together the various statements which comprise Bonaventure’s theology of history and explicating therefrom the focal point of his eschatology and soteriology. First appearing in this English translation in 1969, The Theology of History in Saint Bonaventure remains a significant contribution to eschatology and the study of the intersection of revelation, metaphysics, and history.
“It is above all at times of greatest crisis in human history that we find men concerned with the theology and the philosophy of history.” –Joseph Ratzinger
Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) served as Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. He is the author of numerous theological and spiritual works, including Introduction to Christianity, the Jesus of Nazareth trilogy, and the papal encyclicals Deus Caritas Est and Spe Salvi.