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The Metaphysics of CreationAquinas's Natural Theology in Summa contra gentiles II$
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Norman Kretzmann

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246548.001.0001

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Nature from the Top Down

Nature from the Top Down

(p.1) One Nature from the Top Down
The Metaphysics of Creation

Norman Kretzmann

Oxford University Press

The practical purpose of SCG is to teach theism. In Book II, Aquinas will argue carefully and specifically for divine creation, then undertake to explain the fact of nature's prolific diversity, and will then, after developing the distinction between immanent and transeunt divine activity, devote the rest of Book II to considering the results of God's transeunt activity, sharply focused on the existence of intellects in nature. This book will examine all three of those aspects of Aquinas's metaphysics of creation, sometimes offering criticisms or extensions of various features of them.

Keywords:   Aquinas, creation, divine, God, immanent activity, intellects, natural theology, theism, transeunt activity

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