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?
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).
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