The Metaphysics of Theism

Print ISBN 9780199246533, 2001 pp. [51]-[55]

So, if my observations about SCG I—III are on the right track, it does seem to have been a risky tourde force for Aquinas, rather than the sober, eminently practical device it is standardly said to be. SCG I—III is his most unified, systematic contribution to the project of arriving at an understanding of what theists believe, of showing the extent to which what had been revealed might have been discovered, the extent to which the invisible things of God might be clearly seen, understood by the things that are made. But if SCG I—III had no discernible practical purpose when it was written, it may have acquired one since. Unlike Aquinas, I do know lots of intelligent, educated, avowed atheists.

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