Tuesday, July 06, 2004



St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles 1.14.2:
Now, in considering the divine substance, we should especially make use of the method of remotion. For, by its immensity, the divine substance surpasses every form that our intellect reaches: and so we cannot apprehend it by knowing what it is. But we have some knowledge of it by knowing what it is not. And the more things we can remove from God through our intellect, the closer we approach to knowledge of Him.

Est autem via remotionis utendum praecipue in consideratione divinae substantiae. Nam divina substantia omnem formam quam intellectus noster attingit, sua immensitate excedit: et sic ipsam apprehendere non possumus cognoscendo quid est. Sed aliqualem eius habemus notitiam cognoscendo quid non est. Tantoque eius notitiae magis appropinquamus, quanto plura per intellectum nostrum ab eo poterimus removere.

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