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Aristotle and the Unity of God

Christopher Stead

in Divine Substance

Published in print June 1977 | ISBN: 9780198266303
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.003.0004
Aristotle and the Unity of God

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This chapter examines the main features of Aristotle's principles of theology. It argues that it is possible to develop an Aristotelian doctrine of the substance of God along two distinct lines. In the first place, we can conceive God as a being who enjoys the highest and purest activity of intellectual life. In the second place, we must try to evaluate the very different conception which results if God is described as ‘pure being’ in the sense of ‘unqualified being’, ‘being-in-itself’, or ‘nothing but being’.

Keywords: Aristotle; theology; Metaphysics; god

Chapter.  8709 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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