Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thomas on God as the aspect of theology

Thomas is interesting.

"God is the object of this science. The relation between a science and its object is the same as that between a habit or faculty and its object. Now properly speaking, the object of a faculty or habit is the thing under the aspect of which all things are referred to that faculty or habit, as man and stone are referred to the faculty of sight in that they are colored. Hence colored things are the proper objects of sight. But in sacred science, all things are treated of under the aspect of God: either because they are God Himself or because they refer to God as their beginning and end. Hence it follows that God is in very truth the object of this science. This is clear also from the principles of this science, namely, the articles of faith, for faith is about God. The object of the principles and of the whole science must be the same, since the whole science is contained virtually in its principles. Some, however, looking to what is treated of in this science, and not to the aspect under which it is treated, have asserted the object of this science to be something other than God---that is, either things and signs; or the works of salvation; or the whole Christ, as the head and members. Of all these things, in truth, we treat in this science, but so far as they have reference to God." Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica I:I:7

This passage reminds me of Calvin's glasses, though here, God himself is the pair of glasses that we look through to see him. Thomas is adamant that theology is a sharing in God's own knowledge f himself, as it is revealed to us.
Like i said, interesting

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