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By Mary T. Clark

ISBN-10: 0823212068

ISBN-13: 9780823212064

This new version of An Aquinas Reader comprises in a single heavily knit quantity consultant choices that mirror each element of Aquinas's philosophy. Divided into 3 part - fact, God, and guy - this anthology deals an unequalled viewpoint of the complete scope and wealthy number of Aquinas's inspiration. It offers the overall reader with an total survey of 1 of the main notable thinks or all time and divulges the most important impression he has had on some of the world's maximum thinkers. This revised 3rd variation of Clark's perennial nonetheless has all the unheard of characteristics that made An Aquinas Reader a vintage, yet encompasses a new advent, stronger layout, and an up to date bibliography.

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However, this simple and sublime one is God himself.  If therefore nothing is essentially evil, that which is evil is not totally evil, but participates in good; and it is according to that participating in the good that the whole esse of that which is called evil exists.  For evil cannot be a subsisting essence as the good is the essence of goodness; rather, an evil thing is good through its essence but evil through the goodness it lacks­which it ought to have but has not. Existence Itself Unparticipating Summa of Christian Teaching I, 23 1259 It necessarily follows from this truth that nothing exists accidentally in God nor is there anything in him other than his essence.

Thus we have a symphony of three movements­Aristotelian, Neoplatonic, Biblical­potentiality, participation, Creation­where all is harmonized within a metaphysical synthesis that distinguishes Creator from creature in order to relate them through a continual communication of existence as an ultimate principle of reality and of perfection and of progress.  Thomas left us no "Confessions," no "Journal," but he reveals his own mind to us in and through the dialogue with colleagues and predecessors.

Existence Itself Unparticipating Summa of Christian Teaching I, 23 1259 It necessarily follows from this truth that nothing exists accidentally in God nor is there anything in him other than his essence.  It therefore follows that God is not in a genus.  Consequently, being is not a genus, and thus it necessarily follows that God is not in a genus. And so it is also clear that God cannot be defined inasmuch as every definition is made up of genus and difference.  And so God who is his own act of existing … has existence according to the whole power of being itself; therefore no perfection found in anything can be lacking to him.

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