Five From Perfection to Infinity

Norman Kretzmann

Abstract: Aquinas now takes up a different methodology—what is called the 'relational method'—to provide a systematic basis for developing the consideration of God's substance. The introduction of universal perfection appears to provide an opportunity for investigating specific relationships between God and one or another kind of thing. An understanding of the relationship of causal dependence is indispensable to natural theology. Aquinas then introduces his arguments for God's divine attributes of goodness, uniqueness, and infinity.

Keywords: Aquinas, causal dependence, divine, divine attributes, God, God's substance, natural theology, relational method, universal perfection

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