Aquinas and Augustine on Creation and God as “Eternal Being”
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2014
© 2014 The Dominican Council. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Volume 95, Issue 1056, pages 190–207, March 2014
How to Cite
Soskice, J. (2014), Aquinas and Augustine on Creation and God as “Eternal Being”. New Blackfriars, 95: 190–207. doi: 10.1111/nbfr.12071
- Issue published online: 2 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2014
- Book of Revelation
This paper considers the centrality of the doctrine of creation ex nihilo to both Augustine and Aquinas, especially as these pertain to knowing and naming God. It argues that too much has been ceded to Augustine's purported debt to neo-Platonism, and too little to the doctrine of creation as found in the Christian (and Jewish) middle-Platonists. In these thinkers God's self-disclosure from the burning bush was of signal importance, the ‘I AM WHO I AM’ glossed in terms of God's creative and redemptive power. The theme is traced through Augustine and Aquinas before returning the Christology of the Book of Revelation.