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The Metaphysics of Theism: Aquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles I

Norman Kretzmann


The Metaphysics of Theism presents an explanation and evaluation of Aquinas's natural theology, the paradigm of which is the first book of the Summa contra gentiles. Natural theology provides the traditional and still central means of integrating philosophy with (some of) theology. What makes this enterprise natural theology is its forgoing of appeals to revelation as evidence for the truth of propositions. What makes it natural theology is its agenda to investigate, by means of analysis and argument, not only the existence and nature of God but also the relation of everything els ... More

Keywords: Aquinas, cosmology, faith, God, God's existence, God's nature, metaphysics, natural theology, necessary being, Norman Kretzmann, philosophy of religion, Summa contra gentiles, theism, ultimate explanation of universe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246533
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019924653X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Kretzmann, author
(deceased) formerly Susan Linn Sage Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Cornell University, New York