God in Himself: Aquinas' Doctrine of God as Expounded in the by W. J. Hankey

By W. J. Hankey

In the course of the post-Vatican I interval, through the Church's anti-Modernist crusade, Roman Catholic students remoted St. Thomas Aquinas's philosophical theology from its neo-Platonism, and different students have additionally tended to regard some of the elements of his Summa Theologiae with no regard to their historic context. the following, Hankey contends that Thomas Aquinas was once much less of an Aristotelian than is often intended, and right appreciation of his paintings calls for us to take fuller become aware of of his reliance on neo-Platonism. In starting off his case, Hankey will pay specified realization to the impact of Proclus, offering a serious exposition of his paintings. the writer additionally helps his place by way of creating a cautious research of the 1st forty-five questions of the Summa Theologiae.

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Sapientia vero similitudinem habet cum Filio caelesti, inquantum est Verbum, quod nihil aliud est quam conceptus sapientiae.... ' so ( THE SENTENCES OF PETER LOMBARD the whole material accessible to reason before touching on what is only available to faith. 41 Consequently, it is only in the Summa Theologiae and the Compendium Theologiae that this logic is able to be carried through structurally. These considerations must make impossible the view that Thomas's thinking becomes less Dionysian after the Commentary on the Sentences.

267). 5 'Dicendum quod argumentari ex auctoritate est maxime proprium huius doctrinae', ST I, I, 8 ad 2. While what is able to be known rationally is not an article of the faith, but a preamble and presupposed to it, none the less, 'Nihil tamen prohibet illud quod secundum se demonstrabile est et scibile, ab aliquo accipi ut credibile, qui demonstrationem non capit', ST l, 2, 2 oJ 1. Theology begins with the unity of God not because his unity is rationally grasped but because the one is by nature principle; cf.

Zs4; cf. also A. A. Maurer, St. , 'St. quino, vi (Naples, 1977), pp. zfr7-7S· G. Lafont, Structures etmithode dans la Somme Thlologique de saint Thomas, Textes et etude theo. (Paris/Bruges, I\}61), eh. 1, considers Chenu's theory along with a number of other current positions and finds it unsatisfactory. A better approach than that of Father Chenu to relating emanationist and creationist structures is found in Jean Trouillard, 'Procession neoplatonicienne et creation judeo-chretienne', Nloplatonisme: melanges offerts aJean Trouillard, pp.

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