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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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The Essence/Energies Distinction in the Theology of St Gennadius Scholarios

by Fr Christiaan Kappes In today’s installment, I hope to fully accede to Fr. Kimel’s request; namely, to figure out what the real Scholarios believes! Well, historically, there have been many “Scholarii” (viz., Scholarioses) to contend with (up to three!). … 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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The Essence/Energies Distinction and the Myth of Byzantine Illogic

by Fr Christiaan Kappes First of all, I heartily thank Fr. Aidan Kimel for inviting me to write a guest column on Palamism. Although, in the essence of the argument, it should not make a difference, I will start by … Continue reading

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God Simply Is the Sheer Act of 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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