Gilles Emery Op

in The Trinitarian Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582211
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702310 | DOI:

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For St Thomas, the relations which distinguish the divine persons constitute these persons. Relation thus becomes the basis of a theological understanding of the divine persons. In working this out, Thomas is following the path opened up by his teacher, St Albert the Great, which diverges from that of the Franciscan school. For Thomas the notion of relation is of utmost significance. The treatise on the Trinity begins with a consideration of the processions precisely in order to show that this is its foundation. Hence, the theory of relations will be found throughout the Summa's Trinitarian treatise: it is not confined to question 28, but influences the whole of the subsequent meditation. This chapter discusses the elements of the patristic teaching on relation, real relations in God, the being of divine relations, and relative opposition.

Keywords: St Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; relations; divine persons; Trinity; treaties

Chapter.  12984 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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