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The Thought of Thomas Aquinas$
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Brian Davies

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198267533.001.0001

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Oneness to Knowledge

Oneness to Knowledge

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(p.118) 7 Oneness to Knowledge
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The Thought of Thomas Aquinas
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Brian Davies (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198267533.003.0007

Thomas Aquinas accepts the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, so he believes that divinity somehow contains distinction within itself. He thinks that there are three who are God, and he also thinks that, if we ask, ‘three what?’, the answer is, ‘three persons’. However, also in line with Christian orthodoxy, Aquinas is a monotheist: he believes that there is but one, powerful, knowledgeable God. This chapter investigates why Aquinas takes the resolutely monotheistic position that he adopts everywhere, before turning in Ch. 10 to his treatment of the Trinity. The three main sections of the chapter are: God is one; God has power; and God's knowledge.

Keywords:   Thomas Aquinas, Christianity, God, God as one, God as power, God's knowledge, knowledge, monotheism, power, Trinity

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