By Michael Wilcockson

This e-book is recommended through OCR to be used with the Christian Theology unit of the OCR AS spiritual reviews specification. it's also designed to problem scholars to head past the specification and will accordingly be used as an creation to theology for the overall reader in addition to these getting ready to check theology at college. positive aspects comprise: - Key questions during the chapters to assist scholars specialize in key concerns - keywords outlined and defined during the chapters - Profiles of key members - their contribution and value - precis diagrams to help revision - Revision checklists on the finish of chapters - Exam-style questions and counsel on the finish of every bankruptcy.

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The Treatise on Creation’ owes a great deal to Aristotle’s notion of causation but Aquinas’ argument is to show that, without the Christian insights as revealed in the Bible and elsewhere, the picture is incomplete. Reason therefore provides the basis on which faith takes its stand. The Bible, and in particular the creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2, describe two characteristics of God which are fundamentally at variance with Aristotle’s prime mover: Key words Immanence describes God’s omnipresence and involvement in the particular processes and events of the universe.

Innate knowledge of God is not proved to me because humans have a belief in God, because for Calvin even if no one believed in God, God would still exist. The argument Calvin offers is that these types of knowledge do not necessarily lead to true knowledge because true knowledge begins and ends with my encounter with God. As Paul Helm argues, the religious experience of others helps to confirm my knowledge of God but it does not provide it. Calvin calls this relationship correlation. Put simply this means whatever we say of ourselves implies something about the nature of God and whatever we say about God implies something about the nature of humans.

Ii) Efficient cause of humans God is first (and final) cause of humans. But as rational creatures they also have free will and are, in that sense, their own efficient causes making genuine choices and affecting the material world around them. Key word Predestination is God’s eternal plan or decree that humans will be saved because of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Some theologians argue that salvation is only for the few chosen elect. iii) Formal cause of humans The intellectual soul as organising principle is, as we have observed, the first principle of the body and enables humans to know God in a limited way.

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