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Aquinas's Way to GodThe Proof in De Ente et Essentia$
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Gaven Kerr

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190224806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190224806.001.0001

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(p.173) 7 Creation
Aquinas's Way to God

OP Gaven Kerr

Oxford University Press

In this chapter Aquinas’s metaphysics of creation is articulated. It is held that the proof of God in De Ente has implications for how we ought to think about creation. Indeed, the account of creation that Thomas develops on the basis of the thought in the De Ente is shown to be quite independent of the unreflective account of creation, to the effect that to be created is to have a beginning of existence. The chapter explicates how Thomas can consistently hold that a created universe without a beginning is quite possible, so that creation is something other than simply the condition of having a beginning. This chapter spells out exactly what that notion of creation is, thereby drawing this study to a close.

Keywords:   creation, beginning, big bang, eternal universe, Stephen Hawking

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