Aquinas on Creation. Writings on the Sentences 2.1.1
Translated by Steven E. Baldner and William E. Carroll.
MST 35. 1997. x, 166 pp. ISBN 978–0–88844–285–7 • $27.50
These six articles of Aquinas’ Writings on the Sentences represent his most succinct account of creation, and contain his essential doctrines on the subject.
The immense achievement of Aquinas is to have explained so much of the Christian teaching on creation in philosophical terms. Nearly everything essential to the Christian idea of creation – the existence of the Creator, the uniqueness of the Creator, the fact that the Creator creates without intermediaries, the fact that the creation is properly out of nothing, the fact that the Creator creates freely – is not only philosophically comprehensible, according to Aquinas, but also philosophically demonstrable. Only one major element of the Christian teaching, the temporal beginning of the world, is not philosophically demonstrable, although it is certainly comprehensible philosophically. For Aquinas, philosophy and theology are perfect working partners: what philosophy can know only incompletely is completed by the revelation of faith. True philosophical knowledge is never rejected by theology, but only perfected and brought to completion.
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