Category Archives: Philosophical Theology

Thomas Aquinas, Eleonore Stump, and the Maverick Philosopher: Is God “a” being among beings?

Is God a being among beings? It seems like the kind of question that only a fussy scholastic might worry about. Christians typically speak of God as if he were a being. We tell stories about him. We proclaim his … Continue reading

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“God Differs Differently”

To say that God is simple is to express God’s transcendence. All divine persons, because of the identity of supposit and nature are simple. However, Aquinas accepts the predication of persona composita, composed person, of the Son Incarnate. Does that … Continue reading

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To Be or Not to Be: The Christian Distinction

“‘It ain’t obvious what’s obvious,’ at least not in philosophy,” quips Bill Vallicella, quoting Hilary Putnam. I walked right into that friendly gibe. After all, I did remark that “God, as conceived by Christians, is not a being among beings … Continue reading

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Absolute Deity: Being, Beyond Being, or a Being?

Is God a being among beings or Being itself? This is the question presently being discussed by philosophers Bill Vallicella and Dale Tuggy. If this is a question that interests you, please jump over to Vallicella’s website and read his … Continue reading

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William Desmond on Atheism as the Default Religion of Modernity

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God is Different Because of the World

Norris Clarke is clear—he does not seek a repristination of the metaphysics of St Thomas Aquinas. He speaks, rather, of a “creative retrieval”; and some of his views can be pretty creative, at least by Thomist standards. Consider Clarke’s position … Continue reading

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Beyond the Submlime: The Aesthetics of the Analogy of Being

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