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By Timothy L. Smith

Thomas Aquinas' paintings at the Trinity in his Summa Theologiae has for the prior century been visible, besides Augustine's De Trinitate, as consultant of a Latin Trinitarian culture. this practice is believed firstly the only God, the only divine essence as a complete. in simple terms afterwards does it see God as 3 in individuals. Philosophical concerns--rather than the revelation of God in Christ--are assumed to be the root for the dialogue. based on many smooth theologians the immanent lifetime of God during this culture is thereby separated from the remainder of Christian religion and, therefore, has no relevance for the believer.

This booklet examines Thomas' Trinitarian theology in mild of this feedback. Thomas' account of the Trinity of individuals and the coherence of language approximately these individuals isn't a rational demonstration yet an expression of religion looking figuring out. The an important beginning for this doctrine is Thomas' concept of divine naming. The later chapters learn attainable affects upon Thomas together with the paintings of previous theologians, the speculative grammarians modern with him and his personal instructor, Albert. Timothy Smith concludes that even supposing Thomas is healthier understood whilst learn in gentle of his personal highbrow context, one can't think that each effect is optimistic.

Thomas' presentation of Trinitarian doctrine in his Summa Theologiae is a necessary textual content for a person drawn to the nice Dominican's theology. One unearths right here the assembly of a bunch of philosophical and theological concerns. And within the prism of this actual textual content, the reader will achieve a greater realizing of the complexity and wonder of scholastic theological method.

Timothy L. Smith is a coach at Thomas Aquinas university in Santa Paula, California, and a former post-doctoral fellow and teacher on the college of Notre Dame. Smith is the writer of a sequence of articles on Aquinas' theological process and resources and is the editor of Faith and Reason and Aquinas' Sources, either released by way of St. Augustine's Press.


"[A] version paintings in old theology and philosophy, concurrently exhibiting a deep figuring out of Thomas's medieval context and a sensitivity to modern theological issues.... This stress-free and enlightening ebook is written with a readability so much admirable in a examine of very tough components of Thomas's concept which are primary to our figuring out of either his theology and his philosophy. it may be learn through a person attracted to Aquinas or Trinitarian doctrine, even if inside of a medieval or a latest context." -- Alexander R. Pruss, Speculum

"It encompasses a large amount of data. It does make a few details on Aquinas' method." Lucien J. Richard, OMI, Catholic Library World

"Timothy Smith's learn is especially precious for definitively brushing aside definite criticisms leveled opposed to St. Thomas's theology, particularly the cost that sees in Aquinas a rationalist try and show the Trinity. the eye paid to method and analogy in additionally key: Smith is to be recommended for essentially calling this to mind."--Gilles Emery, The Thomist

"Smith's cautious research of Thomas's approach, resources, and use of theological language publications the reader right into a clean appreciation of the nuances of Aquinas's paintings, freed from imposed and distorting presuppositions. As such, it's a useful contribution either to historic research of Thomas Aquinas, and to modern discussions of the doctrine of God and theological disclosure."--Wanda Zemler-Cizewski, Anglican Theological Review

"A stable evaluate of Aquinas' epistemology within the gentle of the Trinity."-Hans Geybels,

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