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St Albert the Great, OP

Lawrence Moonan

in Divine Power

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198267553
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683282 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267553.003.0005
St Albert the Great, OP

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St Albert the Great's contribution to an understanding of the Distinction is considerable. He makes it plain in more than one place that it is God's power to do things extrinsic to his nature that is in question when the Power Distinction is applicable. He uses the helpful name of God's ‘operant power’ (potentia operans) for it. And he has some particularly helpful ways of describing God's option-neutral power. He is also determinedly adherent to a Negative Theology. He imposed his mark on his reading. If some respected authority was contradicted by his experience, or by that of personal acquaintances whose testimony he thought worth reporting, he would say so. If he thought certain matters unsuitable for treatment in a certain genre of work, he would act accordingly, so that he kept strictly theological issues and devices (the Power Distinction among these, it would appear) out of works he intended to be non-theological.

Keywords: St Albert the Great; God; Power Distinction; operant power; Negative Theology

Chapter.  18704 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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