1. bookVolume 38 (2020): Issue 1 (June 2020)
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Aquinas on Relations: A Topic Which Aquinas Himself Perceives as Foundational to Theology

Published Online: 08 Jun 2020
Page range: 15 - 32
Received: 12 Dec 2019
Accepted: 08 May 2020
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30 Dec 2018
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Abstract

Fundamental to theology is the ordering of all things to God, yet this ordering is directly tied to the topic of relation. Thus, while the category of relation is inherited by Aquinas from ancient philosophy, it mostly shows up in Aquinas’ theological treatments. This paper will look specifically at the distinction between God and creatures as understood through Aquinas’ use of mixed relations. It will provide an expository treatment of Aquinas’ use of mixed relation in attempt to bridge his philosophy and theology while seeking to encourage and aide others to more actively incorporate the category of relation in theological work, as Aquinas himself did.

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