Reading Scripture Spiritually: Bonaventure, the Quadriga, and Spiritual Formation Today
- Volume 10
- Issue 1, Spring 2017
- Reading Scripture Spiritually: Bonaventure, the Quadriga, and Spiritual Formation Today
Modern Christians often polarize the otherwise inseparable realities of academic reading and personal reading of Scripture. While generally not declared outright, many Christians consider the two methods discontinuous. This article deems this bifurcation unnecessary and dangerous to the spiritual formation of individuals and the spiritual health of the church. It examines Bonaventure’s insightful use of the quadriga in order to contribute to today’s discussion of spiritual reading of Scripture. The article shall argue that (at least a variation of) Bonaventure’s quadrigal method ought to be retrieved today for the spiritual health of scholarship and the church. This thesis will be attained organically. It will first survey his proposed method of interpretation in his Breviloquium and Commentary on the Gospel of Luke; then, it will appeal to scriptural and pastoral support to show that his method is a helpful route for retrieval.
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