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Of God and His Creatures

By Aquinas, Thomas, Saint

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Title: Of God and His Creatures  
Author: Aquinas, Thomas, Saint
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Language: English
Subject: Religion, Christianity, Literature
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Excerpt: The Summa contra Gentiles is in the unique position of a classic whereof the author?s manuscript is still in great part extant. It is now in the Vatican Library. The manuscript consists of strips of parchment, of various shades of colour, contained in an old parchment cover to which they were originally stitched. The writing is in double columns, minute and difficult to decipher, abounding in abbreviations, often passing into a kind of shorthand. Through many passages a line is drawn in sign of erasure: but these remain not less legible than the rest, and are printed as foot notes in the Propaganda edition: they do not appear in the present translation. To my mind, these erasures furnish the best proof of the authenticity of the autograph, which is questioned by S. E. Frette, editor of Divi Thomae Opera Omnia (Vives, Paris, 1874), vol. XII, preface iv-vi. An inscription on the cover states that the manuscript is the autograph of St Thomas, and that it was brought from Naples to the Dominican convent at Bergamo in 1354: whence its name of the ?Bergamo autograph.? Many leaves were lost in the sack of the convent by the armies of the first French Revolution; and the whole of Book IV is missing.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents About This Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. ii Title Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 1 Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 3 Table of Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 5 Book I. Of God as He Is in Himself. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32 Chapter I. The Function of the Wise Man. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 32 Chapter II. Of the Author?s Purpose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 33 p. 33 Chapter III. That the Truths which we confess concerning God fall under two Modes or Categories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 35 Chapter IV. That it is an advantage for the Truths of God, known by Natural Reason, to be proposed to men to be believed on faith. . . . . . . . . . . . p. 36 Chapter V. That it is an advantage for things that cannot he searched out by Reason to be proposed as Tenets of Faith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 37 Chapter VI. That there is no lightmindedness in assenting to Truths of Faith, although they are above Reason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 38 Chapter VII. That the Truth of reason is not contrary to the Truth of Christian Faith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 39 Chapter VIII. Of the Relation of Human Reason to the first Truth of Faith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter IX. The Order and Mode of Procedure in this Work. . . . . . . . . p. 39 p. 40 Chapter X. Of the Opinion of those who say that the Existence of God cannot he proved, being a Self-evident Truth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 41 Chapter XI. Rejection of the aforesaid Opinion, and Solution of the aforesaid Reasons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 42 Chapter XII. Of the Opinion of those who say that the Existence of God is a Tenet of Faith alone and cannot he demonstrated. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter XIII. Reasons in Proof of the Existence of God. . . . . . . . . . . . p. 43 p. 45 Chapter XIV. That in order to a Knowledge of God we must use the Method of Negative Differentiation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chapter XV. That God is Eternal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 46 Chapter XVI. That in God there is no Passive Potentiality. . . . . . . . . . p. 47 Chapter XVIII. That in God there is no Composition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 48 Chapter XX. That God is Incorporeal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 48 Chapter XXI. That God is His own Essence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 49 Chapter XXII. That in God Existence and Essence is the same. . . . . . . p. 49

 

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