STEP 5. IMAGES
OF ULTIMATE REALITY.
The nature of reality. Being as the inner principle of reality
step constitutes an effort to understand the ultimate nature of reality from a
variety of perspectives. Bonaventure at this point examines reality as being
(cf. next step: reality as goodness). In answering the question "what is
the nature of reality?" Bonaventure presents the fullness of being as its
inner principle and speaks of the qualities of pure infinite being, which,
according to Bonaventure, will “lift you up in admiration. For being itself is
both the first and last; it is eternal and yet most present; it is most simple
and the greatest; it is most actual and most changeless; it is most perfect and
theory of the unseen
Text of Step 5, transl. by O. Bychkov
The Republic. “Allegory of the
Upanishads: Translations from the Sanskrit. Middlesex, England: Penguin,
1965. (Chandogya Upanishad, pp.
Huston The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Tradition. San Francisco:
Harper, 1991, pp. 22-26.
John Paradise Lost, Book 3 through l.
Elizabeth. She Who Is: The Mystery of God
in Feminist Theological Discourse. NY: Crossroad, 1992, pp. 241-45.