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By Gregory P. Rocca

How can the Church converse of the God who transcends all idea and speech? This booklet is a accomplished retrieval of Thomas Aquinas's theological epistemology of the divine names, that's his profound contribution to that perennial query. His theology of the divine names is a wealthy and complicated tapestry that weaves jointly the dual issues of adverse and confident theology. Tempering any severe agnosticism, Aquinas units out a multi-layered damaging theology respectful of God's incomprehensibility, whereas he additionally proposes a view of theological analogy that locations it on the center of his optimistic theology. ultimately, he grounds his epistemology within the primary theological fact that God is the infinitely ideal and self-subsistent Creator.

Gregory Rocca's nuanced dialogue prevents Aquinas's proposal from being capsulized in accepted slogans and is an antidote to unilateralist or monochrome perspectives approximately God-talk. Rocca laces Aquinas's unfavorable and confident theology jointly, simply because merely that intertwining can do justice to the secret of God. This examine reveals that, opposite to the perspectives of a few, Aquinas's analogy is extra a question of judgment and fact than of idea and which means; regardless of his personal presuppositions, Aquinas bases his theological analogy extra at the insights of religion than these of reason.

Aquinas's theology of the divine names encourages modern discussion to maintain the tensioned fact of God in view and to recollect that just a fruitful interaction of confident and unfavorable theology can do justice to the Elusive one that evades our linguistic trap and but wants to be said and worshiped as writer and Sustainer. The booklet will end up worthwhile to experts in Aquinas and to others who're drawn to the God-talk discussion and will take advantage of an in-depth retrieval of Aquinas.

Gregory P. Rocca, O.P., is Professor of Philosophy and Theology and at present President of the Dominican institution of Philosophy and Theology on the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

WINNER OF THE 2005 CHARLES CARDINAL JOURNET PRIZE provided by means of The Aquinas heart for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University


"Despite the hugely technical nature of the subject-matter, Rocca writes in an available and transparent language. His paintings could be in each theological library. I additionally suggest it hugely for a graduate seminar on Thomas and on theological epistemology." ― Peter C. Phan, Catholic Books Review

"In Gregory Rocca's amazing booklet . . . readers will locate an account of Aquinas's theological epistemology that totally locates it inside of his total theological company and gives the main accomplished research of this point of the Angelic Doctor's proposal at present on hand. i do know of no similar paintings that demonstrates this kind of entire mastery of Aquinas's writings and of the correct secondary literature during this area."―From the Foreword by way of J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.

"Philosophers and theologians alike can be illuminated via this cautious, thorough, and eminently readable elucidation of the talents and instruments required for us to talk responsibly of the writer. whereas the focal point is Aquinas, whose a number of statements obtain astute remark, the point of interest is their modern impression, which this penetrating examine will significantly enhance."―David Burrell, CSC, collage of Notre Dame

"This is a phenomenal fulfillment of comprehension and intensity in elucidating and explaining positions, ideas, and rationales of Aquinas in unfolding contexts. No staid attempt to in simple terms painting the doctrines of an exceptional philosopher of the prior, it is very a really artistic exploration that unearths how Aquinas' insights may help an ordered integration of truths concerning the divine nature inside of differing speculative traditions." ― Michael Ewbank, Review of Metaphysics

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