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Divine Power

Lawrence Moonan

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198267553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683282 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.001.0001
Divine Power

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What can or can't God do? What flexibility is there in the precise manner by which he executes his decrees? This book is a radically new interpretation of one of the key concepts of medieval religious philosophy: the concept of the power of God. It provides a thought-provoking and illuminating analysis of the arguments advanced by the medieval schoolmen to tackle this problem, concentrating in particular on the distinction they made between ‘absolute’ and ‘ordained’ divine power. In doing so, it brings to light some challenging and important new insights on the work of some of the most important thinkers of the Middle Ages — particularly Albert, Bonaventure, and Aquinas. The book also discusses the secular predecessors who influenced these theologians, hitherto largely overlooked by modern scholars, and as well as tracing the development of their ideas, it advances the case for their relevance and central position in modern religious philosophy today.

Keywords: God; decrees; medieval religious philosophy; absolute divine power; ordained divine power; Middle Ages; Albert; Bonaventure; Aquinas; secular predecessors

Book.  408 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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