By Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan
In the direction of the tip of his existence, St. Thomas Aquinas produced a quick, non-technical paintings summarizing many of the details of his colossal Summa Theologiae. This 'compendium' was once meant as an introductory guide for college students and students who will possibly not have entry to the bigger paintings. It is still the easiest concise creation to Aquinas's proposal. in addition, this can be very fascinating to students since it represents Aquinas's final notice on those themes. Aquinas doesn't holiday new floor or re-think prior positions yet frequently states them extra at once and with larger precision than are available in different places. there's just one on hand English translation of the Compendium (published as 'Aquinas's Shorter Summa: Saint Thomas's personal Concise model of his Summa Theologiae,' via Sophia Institute Press). it truly is released through a truly small Catholic publishing apartment, is advertised to the devotional readership, includes no scholarly gear. Richard Regan is a hugely revered Aquinas translator, who right here depends upon the definitive Leonine version of the Latin textual content. His paintings might be got because the premiere English model of this significant textual content.
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For the human being in its nature is a substance, and the human beings understanding and loving are not. Therefore, human beings are subsistent things insofar as we consider them in their nature, but they are intellectual representations of subsistent things, not subsisting things, insofar as they exist in their intellect. And the same is true insofar as they exist in their selves as beloved objects in lovers. Therefore, we can consider three things regarding a human being: the human being that exists in its nature; the human being that exists in the intellect; and the human being that exists in love.
The intellectual representation) is distinguished from the intellect understanding. Likewise, the affection of one who loves, by which the beloved object is in the lover, necessarily proceeds from the will of the lover inasmuch as the lover is loving. , its intellectual representation) is necessarily his substance, since his understanding is his existing. And the same is true about the affection in God loving. , God's Word) is distinguished from what produ·ces it only by the relation of the procession of one thing from the other, not in being a substance.
Therefore, it is false to posit in God the names of Father, Son, and the Spirit proceeding from them. The Rational Explanation: The Differences in God Are Only by Relations We need to derive the principle for resolving this difficulty from the fact that things arise or proceed from other things in different ways in different things according to their different natures. , fire from fire, and air from air). , the fetus of an animal and the fruit of a plant) is generated in the thing generating it.
Compendium of theology by Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan