Tag Archives: Aquinas

God, Analogy, and the Metaphysics of Participation

by Robert Fortuin There’s an interesting post over at Tom Belt’s Open Orthodoxy blog—“Lost in Translation” (part 1 and part 2)—which developed into a conversation about a conversation. The post and the subsequent comments concern a topic of great importance. … Continue reading

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Hell and the Solidarity of Love

Can you imagine yourself enjoying perfect happiness and bliss in heaven if you knew that a beloved spouse, child, or friend was suffering everlasting torment in hell? In his wonderful parable The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis presents an interaction … 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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God is the Doer: Providence and Human Freedom in Julian of Norwich

Meditation upon the passion and death of Christ leads Dame Julian into a deeper understanding of God’s creation of the world, which in turn prepares her for the third showing—the presence of God in all: And after this I saw … Continue reading

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U-turns and Transcendentals

by Pastor Tom Belt I’m delighted to be back at Eclectic Orthodoxy – my home away from home. I’m always informed and challenged by the content and the company here. It’s like pulling a chair up to a warm hearth … Continue reading

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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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