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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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Providence and Freedom

Providence and Freedom

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The Thought of Thomas Aquinas

Brian Davies (Contributor Webpage)

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Thomas Aquinas maintains that God's mercy and love are aspects of his providence, but he has more to say about providence than that. In this chapter, his teaching on providence is examined, first from a general viewpoint, and then looking at the three implications of this for Aquinas – those concerning chance, the action of created secondary causes, and predestination. Finally, a look is taken at what he says on three topics that fall within the notion of providence as he, and others, have understood it – miracles, human freedom, and prayer.

Keywords:   Thomas Aquinas, causes, chance, freedom, God, God's providence, human freedom, miracles, prayer, predestination, providence

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