Bonner’s Doctor Illuminatus

Doctor Illuminatus: A Ramon Llull ReaderDoctor Illuminatus: A Ramon Llull Reader by Ramon Llull

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wonderful collection of five of Llull’s most important work. Bonner’s translations are concise and fluid, very helpful. His introductory remarks to each book fill in historical and biographical information, so you end up with a bio of Llull in addition to his actual writings.

The most engaging part for me was the Book of the Gentile, which is the deployment of his philosophical framework for the sake of establishing the logical necessity of the Christian faith. His insights regarding Islam are appreciated.

Sadly missing are his ‘Names of God‘.

Highly recommended for anyone wanting to read Llull in English for the first time.

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Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. Presently, I live in San Antonio where I am lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies (, and sometime adjunct professor of theology at St Mary's University. Visit my blog ( or page for more information or to have me speak at your church, university or seminary.

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