Category Archives: Aquinas

Aquinas and Divine Freedom: God Might Have Willed Otherwise

Finally we come to the contentious question driving this series on Aquinas: Is the divine act of creation truly free? 7) God wills the world freely and non-necessarily (SCG 81–83, 88). While it may appear that if the metaphysically simple and … Continue reading

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Aquinas and Divine Freedom: The Willing God

If God is eternal, immutable, and incomposite, how is it that his creation of the cosmos is not a necessary and thus unfree and fettered act? St Thomas Aquinas addresses this question in his Summa Contra Gentiles. In the previous … Continue reading

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Aquinas and Divine Freedom: To Know the Divine Essence is to Know the Cosmos

If God is eternal, immutable, and incomposite, how is it that his creation of the cosmos is not a necessary, and thus unfree and fettered, act? We have raised this question in two earlier postings on St Dionysius: “Transcending Freedom … Continue reading

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“For Thomas Aquinas, God is not ‘separated’ from the world as a subsistent entity conceivable apart from his causal relationship to created beings”

Far from being a ‘supreme being’, a nameless deity beyond the world who is ultimately in charge of everything, God is maxime ens, who enjoys being in the highest possible degree. Such a reality must be thought to be utterly simple, … Continue reading

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God’s Essence is his Existence: What the heck does this mean?

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The Five Ways: What Did Aquinas Think He Was Doing?

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Thomas Aquinas and the Pseudo-Denys on the Darkness of God

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