The Conception of God in the Philosophy of Aquinas
At the beginning of the thirteenth century the recovery by western Christendom from the Arabs, Jews and Greeks of the metaphysical treatises of Aristotle, and their translation into Latin, caused a ferment in the intellectual world comparable to that produced by Darwin in the nineteenth century. To vindicate traditional methodoxy Albertus Magnus undertook to harmonize the doctrines of the Church with the Peripatetic philosophy, and this work was carried to its conclusion by his pupil, St Thomas Aquinas, with such success that the latter has become the official philosopher of Roman Catholicism. The system of Aquinas centres in his conception of God, to the exposition and criticism of which this book is devoted.
Table of Contents
Preface. Abstract. Part 1: The Existence of God 1. The Demonstrability of the Divine Existence 2. Proofs of the Existence of God Rejected by Aquinas 3. Proofs of the Existence of God Accepted by Aquinas 4. Criticism of the Proofs of the Existence of God Part 2: Negative Knowledge of God 5. The Via Remotionis 6. The Negative Qualities of God Part 3: Positive Knowledge of God 7. The Method of Analogy 8. The Goodness of God 9. The Unity of God 10. The Infinity of God 11. The Divine Intelligence 12. The Theory of Ideas 13. The Will of God Part 4: God and the World 14. Creation 15. Conservation 16. Providence 17. Mystical Knowledge of God