Category Archives: Philosophical Theology

Simple Divinity is Sheer Existing

“The doctrine of God’s simplicity,” states James Dolezal, “reaches the zenith of expression and sophistication in the thought of Thomas Aquinas” (God Without Parts, p. 6). One might even argue that it forms the lynchpin of St Thomas’s under­standing of … Continue reading

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St Thomas Aquinas, Divine Simplicity, and Knowing the Unknowable God

What is God? What is his nature? The answer given by St Thomas Aquinas may surprise us: we do not know. By contemplation of the structures of the world, we may know that God exists as the ultimate cause and … Continue reading

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Why Denial of Divine Simplicity Implies Atheism

For much of my theological life, I have not understood the notion of divine simplicity nor thought it important to understand. What has divine simplicity to do with the lively God of the Bible‽ Even after I began to read … Continue reading

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Divine Simplicity as Negative Theology

“From first to last,” writes philosopher Brian Davies, “the doctrine of divine simplicity is a piece of negative or apophatic theology and not a purported description of God” (“Classical Theism and the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity,” in Language, Meaning and … Continue reading

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David Burrell on Faith, Reason, and Culture

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How Do Angels Change? An Introduction to the “Spiritual Matter” Debate

by Brendan W. Case, Th.D. It’s fair to say that thirteenth-century theology was obsessed with “angelology” (angel-talk), a fact which provoked the nineteenth century quip about scholastic fascination with the number of angels that could dance on the head of … Continue reading

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Evil as Privation and Accident: Aquinas, Tolkien, Hart

In this decade-old blog article, Jonathan McIntosh reflects on the relationship between the Good and evil. He brings into the conversation Neoplatonism, St Thomas Aquinas, J.R.R. Tolkien, and David Bentley Hart. A related contrast is one that has been drawn … Continue reading

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Do Major Religions Worship the Same God?

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