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"God in Himself" and "God as revealed to us": the impact of the substance concept

DFM Strauss
2011 Acta Theologica  
god in himseLf" And "god As reveALed To us": The imPAcT of The SUBSTANCE CONCEPT ABsTrAcT The static space metaphysics of the eleatic school (Parmenides) is continued by Plato, Aristotle and subsequently followed up by Thomas Aquinas. concurrently a negative theological approach surfaced, claiming that one can only say what god is not. it runs from Plato's dialogue Parmenides and is continued via the cappadocians, Plotinus, Pseudodionysius and certain elements in the thought of Augustine and
more » ... of Augustine and Thomas Aqui nas. What is constant is elevated into the unknowable essence of god. There are two options. The first option (theoontologically) duplicates (accommodates) the creational diversity into the communicable (appearance) part of god -as the counterpole of the esse(nce) part (namely "godinhimself"). in the second option, still as the counterpole of the esse(nce) part (namely "godinhimself"), god accommodated himself to the creational diversity in order to explain the "appearance" (revelation) of god to creatures. The distinction between conceptual knowledge and concepttranscending knowledge provides an alternative approach.
doi:10.4314/actat.v30i1.67256 fatcat:3jgcuzfp5zdlriusmemqmrtqim