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The Mind's Road to God

The Mind's Road to GodThe Mind's Road to God by George Boas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I started on this short book some months ago as part of my on-going effort (begun a few years back) of reading through (at least some of) the philosophical canon (including some books I've read before and some which I have not). But I didn't get this book finished, because I was reading other philosophical works for my class and was otherwise distracted with other goings on in life.

This short volume is a good introduction to key ideas in medieval Christian thinking. Bonaventure holds that nature is a mirror reflecting God and that the path to truth is the path of contemplation of the divine. Because the human mind was created by God, it has access to the truth, described as "infallibly, indestructibly, indubitably, irrefragibly, unquestionably, unchangeably, boundlessly, endlessly, indivisibly, and intellectually"--a list of adverbs that makes it clear that there are no skeptical worries for Bonaventure.

His language is beautiful, as is his image of reality and human access to it. For example, this description of the attributes of God: "the divine Being is at once primary and last Being, eternal and most present, most simple and greatest or unlimited, all everywhere and yet never bounded, most actual and never moved, most perfect and having nothing superfluous or lacking, and yet immense and infinite without bounds, one to the highest degree and yet all-inclusive as having all things in itself, as total power, total truth, total goodness."

Yet, none of this beautiful vision could withstand the modern skeptical questions of Descartes, et al.

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