Divine being and its relevance according to Thomas Aquinas


Aquinas’ theology can be understood only if one comes to grips with his metaphysics of being. The relevance of this perspective is exhibited in his treatment of topics like creation, goodness, happiness, truth, freedom of the will, the unity of the human being, prayer and providence, God’s personhood, divine love, God and violence, God’s unknowablility, the Incarnation, the Trinity, God’s existence, theological language and even laughter. This book endeavors to treat these questions in a clear and convincing language. Is there a better method for improving one’s own theology than by grappling with the arguments of Thomas Aquinas?

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William J. Hoye, Dr.theol. (1971), University of Münster, is retired professor for Systematic Theology. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow. He has published 80 articles and 11 books including The Emergence of Eternal Life (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

1 Introduction

2 Divine Being as the Creator

3 God’s Eternity

4 Divine Being as the Good

5 Divine Being as Happiness

6 Divine Being as Truth Itself

7 Divine Being as the Ground of Freedom of the Will

8 The Unity of a Human Being

9 Prayer and Providence

10 Is God a Person?

11 God as Love

12 God and Violence

13 The Incarnation of Divine Being

14 Divine Being’s Unknowability

15 The Trinity

16 Divine Being as the Ground of Laughter

17 The Question of the Existence of Divine Being

18 How Can We Speak about God?

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