Friday, 11 April 2014

Reflection on Thomist Metaphysics

Perhaps the key principle in Thomist metaphysics is that of the real distinction between act and potency. This principle readily presents itself to the mind and is fundamental if one wishes to distinguish the Actus Purus Who is God and the corruptible cosmos of creatures. The failure to have even any implicit understanding of this axiom will shatter not only a solid understanding of metaphysics or natural philosophy but will unhappily extend to every treatise possible of Sacred Theology. Grace, predestination, the human will and even the immanent notional acts of the Divine Trinity will be devastated. A sound cognisance of metaphysics will cover for a multitude of theological errors.

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