WHAT IS THE DOCTRINE OF DIVINE SIMPLICITY?

Apr 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Blog, God, On God
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The classical understanding of God is that He is SIMPLE. That is, the Divine Nature does not consist of “parts” of any kind whatsoever.

The implications that follow from the doctrine of Divine Simplicity are huge.

From the notion that God is simple we can know that God is one, immutable, eternal, and immaterial..

But the doctrine of Divine Simplicity is not talked about much today. In fact, several contemporary Christian philosophers and apologists, some of whom are very well-known, deny this classic doctrine.

But I have never seen any of these modern critics of Divine Simplicity fairly interact with the arguments in favor of it. In fact, St. Thomas Aquinas says “the simplicity of God can be shown in many ways.”

In any case, given the importance of this doctrine, I thought it might be helpful to some to make a series of short videos that help explain it. This first one just briefly explains what this doctrine means.


Want to learn more about the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas? Here’s a great place to start:

 

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Get the Introduction To The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas program available here.

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