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Trinitarian Creation and Action

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582211.003.0015
Trinitarian Creation and Action

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St Thomas developed a profoundly Trinitarian idea of creation. Weaving a coherent synthesis which closely binds together faith in the Triune God, creation, and the economy of grace, Thomas systematically presented the Trinitarian principles acting within creation, and their repercussions for our understanding of the created world. This chapter sketches what follows on from the earlier chapters on Trinitarian action: from the facts that the Father creates and achieves all things through his Son and Spirit and that the procession of the divine persons is the cause of creation. The way in which the property of each person comes into play within the divine action can thus be determined (this serves to consolidate the bases of appropriation), and ultimately the Trinitarian structure of the economy of creation and grace as envisaged can be observed.

Keywords: St Thomas Aquinas; Summa Theologiae; creation; Father; Son; spirit; divine person

Chapter.  11710 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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