Category Archives: Aquinas

But is God really, really, really related to the world?

Chris Mullen (aka malcolmsnotes) has recently targeted four alleged problems with the scholastic notion of actus purus, as articulated in the theology of St Thomas Aquinas. I’d like to respond to the first problem, i.e., the Thomist assertion that God does not exist … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas and the Real Distinction

by Thomas M. Cothran Aquinas’ celebrated “invention” of the real distinction between existence and essence in created things has secured his place at a pivotal moment of intellectual history. For some, such as Etienne Gilson, this shows Aquinas’ greatness. For … Continue reading

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Is God Living Up to His Potential?

by Robert F. Fortuin A few posts back in the comment section, Dr Alan Rhoda raised a very good concern and question: “The central problem I am concerned with is to understand how God relates to the specificity of creation, … Continue reading

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Incomprehension of Deity: Aquinas vs Swinburne

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The Five Ways and Deification

by David Russell Mosley, Ph.D. Fr. Kimel has been hounding me for sometime (OK, maybe that’s not quite correct) to write a post for him here at Eclectic Orthodoxy. Sadly, all of my best ideas were going to my own … Continue reading

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“The mind cannot penetrate to a vision of God’s essence”

God is progressively better known to the extent that he is known as further removed from everything that appears in his effects. That is why Dionysius says in The Divine Names that he is known as the cause of all … Continue reading

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Ipsum Esse Subsistens: The God Who is Verb

Five ways, five philosophical proofs for the existence of God. Yet one might wonder whether the Angelic Doctor has demonstrated the existence of a single ultimate being. Perhaps the unmoved mover of the first way is a different being than … Continue reading

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St Thomas Aquinas: Poet & Contemplative

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