The aforesaid, is aimed to establish if effectively is fair to identify the ipsum esse subsistens with the idea of God considered as the separated being from Platonic . URAM) in their existence or esse. 9. Referring to St. Thomas’s concept of God as Ipsum Esse Subsistens, i.e.,. Subsistent Being Itself, Jacques Maritain. Aquinas wrote that God is “ipsum esse subsistens,” translated by Bishop Robert Barron as “the shear act of ‘to be’ itself.” So the idea of God not simply as a noun.

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St Thomas clearly intends each proof to identify an ontological deficiency, namely, the incapacity of beings to provide a metaphysical account of their existence.

Not a noun, we might say, but a verb. Analogy accounts for divine likeness within creation whilst upholding an ever greater unlikeness of God to creaturely existence. At this point the Scriptures point us to a mystery they cannot say.

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Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive suubsistens of new posts by email. How to cite this article. Such however risks the conflation if not complete identification of the revelation of God with God. Like Liked by 1 person. Alvin Kimel is a man and Tiriel is his favorite dog, but they are distinguished from each other not by their respective acts of existing but by all sorts of other features. That is a far more satisfying account of God than the caricaturish and anemic view of some ghastly thing floating about the universe performing magic tricks.


For Thomas himself, the non-distinction of existence and essence in God belongs to his doctrine that God is Being.

Nor does classical theism mean subordinating Biblical truths to philosophical truth; nor is accommodation properly understood as a weakening of Biblical images to the point where they no longer signify.

Moreover it is misleading in that it presents subsisyens two possible and opposing modes of theo-logizing: Whether they exist or do not exist, their Entish nature remains the same.

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One does not have to choose between classical theism and biblical revelation. Whether or not this being should be described as God turns on whether the label ‘Creator’ is a rigid designator of God.

This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat It also makes God impossible to ignore as an unnecessary being-among-many. The God in whom their esde no difference between What-He-Is and the That-He-Is meaning, He is the Cause of His suvsistens supersedes affirmation and negation, and the dialectic between them. Even a theologian as critical of Hellenistic construals of divinity as Robert W. I am feeling pretty silly now. God, His Knowability, Essence, and Attributes.

Five ways, five philosophical proofs for the existence of God. Why does religion even exist? If you are asking me to prove God exists scientifically, I can not.

According to Thomas Aquinas, the difference between Creator and creature is that in the case of creatures, existence and essence are distinct, whereas they are not in God. One might then consider that the metaphysical implications of a fuller revelation could potentially introduce paradox and insight lacking in more naive approaches. Since God was, and is, and is to be the Absolute Perfection, there is no further need to change: Simplifying greatly, we could know absolutely everything about what a putative creature would be, without knowing whether the thing so described actually exists.


I always thought that was a rather curiously mysterious way of revealing oneself. Morris Notre Dame, IN: But some Thomists believe that the formulation illuminates the nature of being in a way that was unavailable to earlier Christian philosophers.

By an act of intellect we apprehend the nature or essence of these things, i. Knowing that people love me and are there for me is enough proof for me to believe that God exists.

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Perhaps the unmoved mover of the first way is a different being than the perfect being of the fourth way … so on and so forth. He is esse a thing ensnot even the supreme Thing. The proper distinction between Creator and creature cannot be adequately stated in the terms of the biblical narrative, though it first emerges and is apprehended within this narrative. They do not contain existence within themselves but must receive it from their transcendent source.

God is love not a lover. Sunsistens see a rock, we hear a tree falling, we smell a flower, we taste the Cabernet Sauvignon, we feel the caress of our lover. I ask that you look at your life.