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Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil$
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Brian Davies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790890.001.0001

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The Trinity and Christ

The Trinity and Christ

(p.97) 9 The Trinity and Christ
Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil

Brian Davies

Oxford University Press

Aquinas believed in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. For him, God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In keeping with the Athanasian Creed, he did not take this doctrine to mean that there are three gods. He took it to mean that there is but one God who is Father, Son, and Spirit and, therefore, one to be referred to as the Trinity. And the notion of God as Trinity was, for Aquinas, of considerable importance when it comes to how we should think of God's goodness and of evil. In developing his thinking on this matter Aquinas took himself to be launching out way beyond what can be established by philosophical arguments. But he also took what he has to say as noting a series of truths that we need to be aware of when thinking of God, ones that he regarded as part and parcel of his approach to the topic of God, goodness, and evil.

Keywords:   Thomas Aquinas, God, Trinity, goodness, evil

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