By Rudi Te Velde
"Aquinas on God" provides an available exploration of Thomas Aquinas' notion 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 rules and propositions which underlie his undertaking. Aquinas' belief of God isn't really handled as an remoted metaphysical doctrine, yet from the point of view of Aquinas' wide theological view which underlies the scheme of the Summa. Readers attracted to Aquinas, ancient theology, metaphysics, and metaphysical discourse on God within the Christian culture will locate this new contribution to the reviews of Aquinas worthwhile.
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Considering the relevant texts of sacred scripture, one has to conclude, Thomas says here, that the principal motive of the Incarnation lies in the fact that man has sinned, thus not in the metaphysical requirement of bringing the circle of creation to its ﬁnal conclusion. ’ In other words: it is not necessary for the perfection of the universe that the ultimate creature, viz. man, should be conjoined with the ﬁrst principle, viz. God, in the sense that the human creature becomes united with God in person.
Contemplating Aquinas. 55–74. 301. 34 Aquinas on God 29 In I Post. Anal. 1. 30 In the prologue (see note 1) Thomas states that the Summa is intended for ‘beginners’ in theology (incipientes). This has raised much discussion in the literature as to whether Thomas had a not overly optimistic view about the capacity of his students to understand the Summa. In my view, however, this remark should not be interpreted as a reference to any speciﬁc audience of (probably highly gifted) students just beginning the study of theology.
Compare also the prologue of the Tertia Pars, where Thomas speaks of Christ as the ‘way whereby we may attain to the beatitude of immortal life by rising again (immortalis vitae resurgendo)’. In the Secunda Pars the expression ‘eternal life’ is used. In contrast to this the term ‘immortal life’ includes a reference to sin as a consequence of which human life has lost its original immunity to death. See also te Velde, ‘On Evil, Sin and Death: Thomas Aquinas on Original Sin’, in R. van Nieuwenhove and J.
Aquinas on God: The 'Divine Science' of the Summa Theologiae (Ashgate Studies in the History of Philosophical Theology) by Rudi Te Velde