Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Eclectic Orthodoxy: “I AM WHO I AM”: Thomas Aquinas and the Metaphysics of the Exodus

Eclectic Orthodoxy: “I AM WHO I AM”: Thomas Aquinas and the Metaphysics of the Exodus

'The metaphysical reading of the sacred Name may seem far indeed from the original meaning of the ˀehyeh ˀāšer ˀehyeh. The enslaved Hebrews in Egypt were certainly not in a position to leisurely meditate upon a lesson in divine ontology. But E. L. Mascall, following Etienne Gilson, argues that Aquinas’s construal of the divine being as the doing of existence represents an exciting recovery of the God of the Scriptures, albeit in philosophical idiom'

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