top of page

Whether the Will of God Imposes Necessity on the Things Willed?

Thank you for subscribing to Annotated Thomist...check back each day for a new section of St. Thomas' corpus, annotated and summarized. (FREE TRIAL FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS!!!)

AT is also available to donors of $10 or more on Patreon or SubscribeStar along with all of the other benefits (daily bonus videos, bonus articles, PDFs, etc.

If you need more personalized help reading the Summa, I am available for 1-on-1 sessions, here.

Upon this question, there has been much ink spilled in the controversies between the schools. Here, we will restrict ourselves to the scope of the passage at hand.

St. Thomas begins by distinguishing between those things that happen necessarily and those things that happen contingently. For example, that the rock fall when dropped is something that happens "necessarily," i.e., naturally. On the other hand, some things happen contingently, e.g., the will of man.

According to the first view he brought up (the view of the Averroists), this distinction is purely found in secondary causes. It is as if rain equally fell on all and some grew and some did not due to disposition of the plants to grow. This cannot be the case, for, it presupposes the Averroistic denial of Divine freedom in favor for some sort of necessary "emanation" from God.

Want to read more?

Subscribe to to keep reading this exclusive post.

17 views0 comments


Couldn’t Load Comments
It looks like there was a technical problem. Try reconnecting or refreshing the page.
bottom of page