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Perfection and Goodness

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/10.1093/0198267533.003.0005

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Perfection and Goodness

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Thomas Aquinas thinks that God defies our comprehension, but, as has been discussed earlier in the book, he also holds that we are still able to make true statements about him. So far, the book has only looked at how Aquinas defends this thesis in general terms, but here some particulars are addressed. What Aquinas thinks that we can say of God deal with assertions of two types: (1) those that can be made and defended on rational grounds without recourse to special (Christian) revelation; and (2) those that derive from revelation. In this chapter, and the three chapters following, the first group of assertions are considered, starting with the assertions ‘God is perfect’ and ‘God is good’. The last part of the chapter discusses the ancient and much discussed problem of God and evil.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; evil; God; God and evil; God as good; God as perfect; goodness; perfection

Chapter.  7811 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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