At the end of the day, we don't know much, except that any caracteristic of Our Lord is unlike anything we know anyway. )This one I think I can agree with, at least with regard to the content of revelation. They are three distinct real relations of the whole essence to the whole essence. To be clear, Thomas holds the following (as do I): Truth has one source in God, so that truths known by reason and truths known by faith cannot contradict one another.Yes. From what I read of Gilson's book as well as David S. Oderberg's "Real Essentialism," analytic a posteriori is necessary to come to an understanding of the essence of a thing. In contrast, a posteriori knowledge is gained only after sense experience has already occurred (i.e., once sense experience is behind us or ‘posterior’). When f(1)=3.1+1=4. I hope you don't take it in the spirit of a personal attack. What is this “being” in “being itself”? There can be no real conflict between faith and reason. That's patently false because God cannot be created. God is merely having relations with Himself to fulfill whatever purpose pleases Him. Modalism empties out the content of the faith and the declarations of Christ. I agree that it matters not where the point is. As I have said above, the Trinity is not a simple math problem where you can easily understand all of the terms and predicates and then realize a clear contradiction is being made. He revealed what was true about himself through Jesus Christ, such that our faith in Christ Jesus is the primary reason why we believe in the Holy Trinity. When our presentation includes PC = PD, we take the wheels off our argument.When you tell me that my salvation is dependent on my affirming that there are three fully divine persons in the Godhead, that each person is really distinct from each other, that God is simple, and that there is only one God, I can only reply that you might as well insist that I affirm the existence of square circles. And since this sharing is occurring as an "intrinsic" act, then there is an aspect of the essence unique to the person, for the person is either the whole undivided essence or He is a part. Following such We can't be *confident* in their salvation, since we don't know how they will react, but I don't see any problem with affirming that it is *possible,* assuming, again, a postmortem change in position. @ScottCan you spell out what PC and PD stand for in this context? He is not one part love, one part mercy, one part judgment, etc. @Bill,You're definitely into a lot of straight question-begging here. So, yes, the relation is real because the essence is real. If you like; except that that generated essence is the divine essence, which is identical to the divine being, so that the one generated fully shares the being/essence of the one generating and is only differentiated relationally, through the truly, divinely eternal act of generation intrinsic to the divine life.And that is not at all the same kind of causality that you're trying to defend because that is polytheism.No, actually that's Christianity, a form of monotheism.Moreover, a being's dependence on another for its existence means that it DOES NOT have in itself this "intrinsic causality" which suffices to explain itself. But by his natural knowledge the angel does not know what God is, since the substance itself of the angel, through which he is led to the knowledge of God, is an effect that is not equal to the power of its cause. Instead, the relation is a different one. The council resolved the issue, adding authority and credibility to Paul, lest he be running in vain. But even Aquinas acknowledged that the distinction is in the mode of intelligibility, not that there is any actual difference between the relation and the essence.God is real. Your description reduces to God relating to God. And, because God is of a rational substance, he also has personhood in a very unique way that we can only come to by analogy to our own way of experiencing personhood. One Brow, I think not. I mean, a verbal distinction, between Aristotle and The Philosopher, for example, is a kind of logical distinction - but not the only one.That´s important, because a thomist - and Aquinas himself - would argue that we have a virtual distinction at one end (Divine essence/ subsistent relations) and a real distinction at the other end (Paternity/Filiation and Spiration/Procession).The apparent antinomy that must be solved is the following: the three persons are identical with the Divine essence, but if A=B and B=C, then A=C. How, then, is each person differentiated (PD)? 18) has nothing to do with the Trinity. Before I slide into modalism a question: would not a modal understanding of this relationship require God to exist in different states(modes) of existence compared to Himself at the same time? There is thus no cause whatsoever in Pure Act. Maybe "2" in some sense "contains" the idea of "add", but why would we say it is contained within "1" as it is of its own self? So no contradiction required. The right-ness of the line is the line.3. something we know about only, Aristotle’s Revenge: The Metaphysical Foundations of Physical and Biological Science, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment (with Joseph M. Bessette), Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, Maritain Center online archive of Thomistic and Neo-Scholastic works, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange: A Biographical Sketch, St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles, Thomas Aquinas in English: A Bibliography, What “the science” is saying this week (Updated). If God relates to Himself, then God is one person fulfilling multiple roles simultaneously.If, however, you’re really arguing that God is an IT (a common abstraction from its exemplars), modalists would definitely object because that cannot avoid tritheism. His intrinsic causality (his divine essence/being) is thus sufficient to explain itself, notwithstanding its relationally differentiated position within the divine life of the Trinity. Are there any estimates for cost of manufacturing second if first JWST fails? It is impossible. As I noted, that kicks the can down the road, but can lands in tritheism.Moreover, if the Son and Spirit are "caused," then how can they be God? I wanted to address what Luiz says here: First of all, I completely agree with you when you say that a logical contradiction can not be solved with an appeal to mystery. Everything is Brahman and2. Lots of persons are "generated" by God's existence; they're called creatures. It was a pretty interesting, even if kinda hard, reading. The edifice that holds the Catholic teaching up is the Bible in combination with magisterial teachings expressed in councils and papal proclamations, and the witness of tradition. For one thing, it is unclear that when a child grasps the basic numbers, that his mind is going through a process that effectively "does" what the Peano's axioms describe. Bookcase A has alternating rows of white and blue books whereas Bookcase B has nothing but white books. site design / logo © 2020 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa. The method referenced in the OP is to state premises of sense experience observation and then use learned logical reasoning in deductive arguments to conclude the necessity of god of the sort the Thomist asserts.I am not missing something in that I apply sense experience and logical reasoning to refute Thomistic arguments.“But being itself is not a mere abstraction. Piori analysis is an absolute analysis. It leaves room for the question, “What is that something?” The doctrine of the Trinity is the answer.Finally, if you DID perform a math problem and received the answer 1 = 0, is it not possible that you simply wrote down the wrong number in the beginning and made a calculation mistake? If you deny a real distinction in the essence, that God is merely having relations with Himself and calls those relations by different names (Father, Son & Holy Spirit), that again is no different from what a modalist claims. It is the what-ness of a thing, but it has no causal efficacy. @David McPikeTraditionally there are taken to be four causes needed to full explain a thing.And I already acknowledged more than once that "explanation" of God is His essence to exist. As I've stated multiple times now, either God is relating to Himself or there is a zone unique to each person. “ Only by multiplication can we have a common essence and individual instantiations of the essence, but since God cannot be multiplied, there cannot be multiple persons or instantiations of God.”I do not think this applies to the infinite. The important thing to remember in our present context is that while we may see as through a glass, darkly, it's not so dark that we can't (in principle) see the difference between good and bad arguments for, and correct and incorrect formulations of, the revealed doctrines. God, in his infinite wisdom, did not provide a Thomistic chapter of the bible. As we know, the DT asserts real relations and it's only the relations that are distinct. proposition “God exists” differs from this example, in Aquinas’s view, insofar We must therefore continually purify our language of everything in it that is limited, image-bound or imperfect, if we are not to confuse our image of God -- "the inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, the ungraspable" -- with our human representations. Or of extension? a priori proposition is whose justification is independent of experience and can be validated by experience. You don't express "4" under the latter terms (to begin with, as a child first learning the concepts) because you can't, because you don't yet understand the latter terms. As we all know by now, the intricacies of God’s essence are beyond the reach of human reason, so though you see an inconsistency between Jewish teaching and the Bible, it’s only due to your failure to see God’s higher level of existence. Synthetic a priori. You have no basis for refuting any competing view. are real, but there is no actual bookcase with an infinite number of books. Imagine someone who has no ability to use his or her senses. So, it isn’t helpful to appeal to such a distinction in defense of the Trinity.I’ve not argued that logical or notional distinctions are unreal. If God is self conscious and knows himself, how can you, as a finite human being, know what that is like? God’s judgment and mercy “worked together” to save Lot, but there is not one person of judgment and another person of mercy.So, in the example I provided, judgment and mercy had what we would say is analogous to a relationship. "Four ones" is equal to "2+2" and "3+1" but obviously conceptually distinct from them. If you disavow those sentiments, then my comments along that line don't apply to you. The PC cannot be the PD (PC ≠ PD), for that forces us to assert that the thing which makes A & B common is the very thing that makes them different (C = ~C), which of course is a straight contradiction. Hence, it is necessary (at least in the natural order) that sensation precede knowing. If the Son needs a cause, then the Son isn't a se BY DEFINITION. What if the unknowable intrinsic essence of God can produce other Gods? Don't switch to "It's a mystery -- period." Pure form needs NO cause whatsoever; only "impure" form does. That means you are saying that the PC = PD, what makes the persons identical with what makes them non-identical, and that is a straight contradiction (I = ~I). But if multiple Gods is a metaphysical impossibility, as shown by natural theology, it is equally impossible for aseity to be caused. Some philosophers have believed analytic and a priori to be coextensive, and the same goes for synthetic and a posteriori. You're not understanding the distinction between positively proving articles of faith (can't be done) and refuting arguments against them (can be done, but not by saying "it's a mystery -- period" -- Bill is quite right to dismiss such a silly rebuttal). In addition, you are also ignoring all the councils of the church. And since the Son is also the one, undivided, simple essence of God and, per Aquinas, the relations are also one and the same and no different than the one, undivided, simple essence of God, we're back to saying that God is really having a relationship with Himself (Sabellius is still clapping). Folks, please don't feed the StardustyPsyche troll. And it really doesn't have anything to do with temporal priority of sense inputs, but the causal relation of the mind's grasp as justifiably resting in the truth as "known". @David McPike, you write:...when you talk about the essence as if it were (according to anything that I've said or anything contained in DT) an entity in itself, which apart from/prior to the being of any of the persons could from itself (from its own being) cause the being of the three persons.I've always understood the essence of God to be the being of God, and I've argued from the first that the PC is the essence. But since each person is fully and completely the undivided divine essence, the simple essence is merely relating to itself (Himself). Similarly you can't say: "F is G, S is G, therefore F is S and S is F." (Unless you want to just insist on begging the question against DT; but what would be the point of that?). How can a thing be relationally distinct from itself? Then Bill can say: "Right and I don't think God wants me/you to because he is a God of reason, not arbitrarily demanding we believe in nonsense." I point you back to the words of Saint Thomas[4] Another benefit that comes from the revelation to men of truths that exceed the reason is the curbing of presumption, which is the mother of error. A priori knowledge: knowledge that can be acquired without experience of the external world, through thought alone . Moreover, to state that the distinction is only in its mode of intelligibility and that they do not really differ from each other means that the core of trinitarian doctrine is a mental construct. Welcome to modalism. And per above, that's a clear logical inversion. So, it seems clear that the PC cannot be identical with the PD.But Aquinas goes on to say that “relation really existing in God is really the same as His essence and only differs in its mode of intelligibility” and “in God relation and essence do not differ from each other, but are one and the same” (ST 1.28.2). According to Thomas, however, the human mind CANNOT know 2+2=4 before having sense input, because it cannot know any essences and cannot formulate the ground-work necessary to know "2" or "+" or "=" or "4" without first having sense input. - but by a necessity known to us a posteriori, on the basis of revelation) has it necessarily, not contingently as in the case of creatures.This "intrinsic causality" is not the Son's precisely because He is eternally receiving it from the Father. If the latter, you have what you say you don’t have.All Modalists deny REAL distinctions in the Godhead. But Kant thought it was synthetic, not analytic. Theories of cognitive judgment both prior to and after Kant tend todivide dichotomously into the psychologistic andplatonisticcamps, according to which, on the one hand,cognitive judgments are nothing but mental representations ofrelations of ideas, as, e.g., in the Port Royal Logic (Arnaud &Nicole 1996), or mentalistic ordered combinings of real individuals,universals, and logical constants, as, e.g., in Russell’s earlytheory of judgment (Russell 1966), or on the other hand, cognitivejudgments are nothing b… How can a relation exist unless the persons having the relationship are already distinct? He elsewhere states that “the relations themselves are not to be distinguished from each other so far as they are identified with the essence” (ST 1.39.1). 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