Chapter

The Manner of Our Likening

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/9780195124361.003.0003
The Manner of Our Likening

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With the conclusion of the doctrine of the Trinity, Aquinas turns his attention to creation. Characteristically, the border between the doctrine of God and the doctrine of creation is indistinct. As the questions treating Trinitarian doctrine drew heavily, especially at first, on the doctrine of the one God, so the opening questions on creation seem to flow uninterruptedly from the doctrine of the Trinity just concluded. Indeed, so seamless is the fabric that drawing any sort of line between Questions 43 and 44 may seem rather arbitrary. The absence of such sharp division is itself significant, for it suggests the close connection of Creator and creature that constitutes the heart of theosis.

Keywords: deification; Thomas Aquinas; creation; God; theosis; Trinity; Trinitarian

Chapter.  22764 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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