Chapter

The God to Whom We are Likened

A. N. Williams

in The Ground of Union

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195124361
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124361.003.0002
The God to Whom We are Likened

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This chapter begins the examination of Aquinas by asking: what does it mean to be deified? It is far from clear that Aquinas holds a doctrine of deification in the first place. One might spend long hours searching either of his Summae without encountering any reference to divinization whatsoever. Nevertheless, this awkward problem recedes when we treat Aquinas as we will Gregory. The chapter looks at direct references to deification in the Summa Theologiae. It considers the attributes of the Godhead and the doctrine of the Trinity.

Keywords: deification; Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; Godhead; Trinity

Chapter.  19230 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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