Chapter

What God Is not

Brian Davies

in The Thought of Thomas Aquinas

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198267539
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600500 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198267533.003.0003

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 What God Is not

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The view of Thomas Aquinas that we can only know what God is not, rather than what he is, is discussed. The first part of the chapter outlines Aquinas’ basic position on this matter in relation to his theological background and the range of human knowledge. It then goes on to discuss the doctrine of divine simplicity, first giving the reasoning behind this, and then giving the details of Aquinas’ view on the matter. This is that God is pure form and he is his nature, so that the substance of God is his existence. Although God may be unknowable and incomprehensible, he is still there.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; divine simplicity; God; God's existence; nature of God

Chapter.  7972 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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