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Whether Relation in God is the Same as His Essence?

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cf., Sent.I.D33.Q1.A1; SCG4.C14; QDePot.Q8.A2; QVI.Q1.A1; CT.BookI.C54-5


Now that we have proved the existence of real relations in God, we must consider the nature of these relations (a. 2), the "relationship" between the relations (a. 3), and the number of these relations (a. 4).


The immediate difficulty that arises after the positing the existence of real relation in God is the question of how this is not an accident. For, according to Aristotle, "relation" is one of the nine predicaments that fall under the head of "accident." The answer to this difficulty must come in the form of how we may or may not say that an accident can be predicated of God. 

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