The key is Bonaventure's reception and reworking of a metaphysics that was unavailable to Anselm: Dionysius's idea of the bonum diffusivum sui, the self-diffusive good.
The good beyond being is self-diffusive in that it overflows in creation in its self-expression.
appropriations the poet makes in his self-diffusive
, solipsistic act of
20) Bonaventure, therefore, uses the notion of self-diffusive
goodness and personal love to distinguish the persons of the Trinity as a communion of persons-in-love.
7) LaCugna claimed that "Rahner's theology of self-communication appears to have roots in Bonaventure's vision of the self-diffusive God.
12) According to Dionysius, the highest good is self-diffusive (bonum est diffusivum sui) and gives rise to being.
Based on the self-diffusive nature of the Father to express himself in the Son/Word, I maintain that creation is always a finite expression of the infinite Word of God.
Richard's theology was extremely influential on Bonaventure who combined with it the Dionysian notion of self-diffusive goodness to form a trinitarian theology of a communion of persons-in-love.
The Trinity according to Bonaventure, is marked by dynamic self-diffusive
goodness, a goodness which is communicative and expressive.
For insight into Bonaventure's metaphysics of the self-diffusive
good, see Ilia Delio, "Bonaventure's Metaphysics of the Good," Theological Studies 60 (1999) 228-46.
The main source of his Neoplatonism, however, was not the Neoplatonists per se but the writings of Augustine and the Pseudo-Dionysius from whom he derived the notion of God as the self-diffusive
Small books may miss some nuances: Thomas actually corrects Pseudo-Dionysius's notion of self-diffusive
goodness while retaining the language; his theology is not realty an "anti-doctrine" since he is a positive as well as negative theologian; and his view of the beatific vision is not entirely free of Platonist dualist influences.