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Oneness to Knowledge

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/10.1093/0198267533.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Oneness to Knowledge

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Thomas Aquinas accepts the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, so he believes that divinity somehow contains distinction within itself. He thinks that there are three who are God, and he also thinks that, if we ask, ‘three what?’, the answer is, ‘three persons’. However, also in line with Christian orthodoxy, Aquinas is a monotheist: he believes that there is but one, powerful, knowledgeable God. This chapter investigates why Aquinas takes the resolutely monotheistic position that he adopts everywhere, before turning in Ch. 10 to his treatment of the Trinity. The three main sections of the chapter are: God is one; God has power; and God's knowledge.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; Christianity; God; God as one; God as power; God's knowledge; knowledge; monotheism; power; Trinity

Chapter.  9036 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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