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The Thought of Thomas Aquinas$
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Brian Davies

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267539

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198267533.001.0001

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Ubiquity to Eternity

Ubiquity to Eternity

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(p.98) 6 Ubiquity to Eternity
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The Thought of Thomas Aquinas
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Brian Davies (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198267533.003.0006

Continuing with the theme of what can be known of God apart from Revelation, this chapter turns to three beliefs that are absolutely fundamental to the thinking of Thomas Aquinas. These are: (1) that God is everywhere; (2) that God is unchangeable; and (3) that God is eternal. The third topic is addressed in some detail, and includes discussion of Aquinas on time, and on why God is eternal (because he has no duration or temporal location). The last part of the chapter discusses Aquinas’ views on eternity in the light of contemporary criticism, indicating the objections most frequently raised, and what Aquinas might have said against these.

Keywords:   Thomas Aquinas, contemporary criticism, eternity, God, God as eternal, God as everywhere, God as unchangeable, time

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