Aquinas on God: The 'Divine Science' of the Summa Theologiae by Rudi Te Velde

By Rudi Te Velde

"Aquinas on God" offers an available exploration of Thomas Aquinas' perception of God. concentrating on the "Summa Theologiae", the paintings containing Aquinas' so much systematic and whole exposition of the Christian doctrine of God, Rudi te Velde acquaints the reader with Aquinas' theological figuring out of God and the metaphysical ideas and propositions which underlie his undertaking. Aquinas' notion of God isn't really handled as an remoted metaphysical doctrine, yet from the viewpoint of Aquinas' huge theological view which underlies the scheme of the Summa. Readers attracted to Aquinas, historic theology, metaphysics, and metaphysical discourse on God within the Christian culture will locate this new contribution to the stories of Aquinas important.

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The general prologue in which Thomas explains the purpose of the Summa theologiae: ‘Since the teacher of Catholic truth (veritas catholica) has not only to instruct the advanced but it is his task also to educate the beginners, as Paul says, “as infants in Christ I fed you A Masterpiece of Theology 2 3 4 5 6 7 31 with milk, not solid food” (I Cor. 3:1–2), the purpose we have set before us in this work is to hand on what relates to the Christian religion in a way that is appropriate for the formation of beginners.

Pesch, ‘Um den Plan der Summa theologiae des hl. 411–37. The recent literature about the structure of the Summa is discussed by B. Johnstone, ‘The Debate on the Structure of the Summa theologiae of St. Thomas Aquinas: from Chenu (1939) to Metz (1998)’, in P. van Geest, H. Goris and C. 187–200. A. P. F. 53–64. Exceptions to the standard interpretation of the plan of the Summa are M. Corbin, Le Chemin de la Théologie chez Thomas d’Aquin (Paris, 1974) and W. Metz, Die Architektonik der Summa theologiae des Thomas von Aquin (Hamburg, 1998).

From a modern viewpoint this may seem very odd and even out of order. The rational undertaking of demonstrating the existence of God demands, it is often thought, that the alleged truths of revelation and of the religious tradition should be put in parentheses. One cannot settle the issue of God’s presumed existence by an appeal to revelation, since without God there is no revelation. From the standpoint of modernity one must choose: either follow the way of reason and prove the existence of God without appeal to religious texts, or follow the way of faith and accept the existence of God on the authority of the Bible.

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