Volume 12, Issue 2, 2015
A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism
W. Matthews Grant, Mark K. Spencer
Activity, Identity, and God
A Tension in Aquinas and his Interpreters
Are all God’s activities identical to God? If not, which are identical to God and which not? Although it is seldom noticed, the texts of Aquinas (at least on the surface) suggest conflicting answers to these questions, giving rise to a diversity of opinion among interpreters of Aquinas. In this paper, we draw attention to this conflict and offer what we believe to be the strongest textual and speculative support for and against each of the main answers to these questions.