Analysis Of Bonaventure 's The Journey Of The Mind

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In Bonaventure’s The Journey of the Mind to God, chapters 3-4 the author continues with the steps in the Ascent to God by the consideration of God through his image that is imprinted on our natural powers and by the consideration of God in his image reformed through the gifts of grace. The third and fourth steps deal with the image of God in the mind. In the third step the soul is said to be turning away from consideration of visible things to itself as the image of God. Through memory, intelligence and the will as the three ways the soul uses to understand the three persons in the one God. In chapter four, we see the presence of God in each soul. With the help of grace our soul is restored from its formal form to its supernatural…show more content…
We retain the past by remembrance, the present by receiving things in itself and the future by foresight (pg 18). It retains simple things which are the principles of continuous and discrete quantities, such as a point or unit while also retaining in a permanent way by the principles and “axioms of science”. Then the author goes on to discuss the three activities. The first activity is the actual retention of all things in time such as past, present and future. The second activity is evidently shown that the memory has to be informed not only from the outside but also from the above. And lastly the third activity is where see that memory has present in itself a light in which it recalls changeless truths. Through these activities it is evident that the soul itself is the image of God. Next the author talks about the intellect and how it understands things by definition. A definition is usually given in broad terms and it must be defined by others until we the people arrive “at the highest and most general”. Secondly, the intellect according to the author is truly able to comprehend the meaning of propositions when it knows with certainty that they are true. And finally, our intellect only then is able to grasp the meaning of an inference when it sees that the conclusion follows necessarily from the premises and when it sees it in contingent matters. The activity of the elective family is found through counsel, judgment and desire. A

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