Thomas Aquinas argues in his seminal work, the Summa Theologiae, that one can come to know the existence of God through rational argumentation alone. As a theologian writing a work of theology, he makes his demonstrations concerning God’s existence from the point of view of his Christian faith. And in this, it will be argued, Aquinas is not necessarily mistaken. For his project is to present a grand scheme of reality and man’s place within it. Philosophers have often tried the same, and, like Aquinas, their attempts have been made from a certain point of view. That, it will be shown, is the difference. This paper will present how Aquinas accounts for man’s ability to know generally and then metaphysically, but also how he reasonably presents his theses within the purview of his Christian faith.
"On the Knowledge of God and the Metaphysics of Aquinas,"
Aristos: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: https://researchonline.nd.edu.au/aristos/vol4/iss1/3