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A. "SEPARATE elements" AND lOR" ANGELS"? it truly is attention-grabbing to notice that, in an expressly theological treatise reminiscent of the Summa theologiae, St. Thomas often makes use of the time period "angel", as opposed to "separate substance"; whereas in works with a much less specific theological motive - e. g. the Summa contra gentiles and the De substantiis separatis 1 - he more often than not prefers the time period "separate substance". yet at any expense there's little question that the 2 phrases, "separate sub­ stance" and "angel" have a undeniable interchangeability and equivalence within the works of St. Thomas. In different phrases, "the separate substance" is similar to "the angel, insofar as its lifestyles and attributes are knowable via human cause alone". And this has led Karl Barth 2 to cost that St. Thomas' angelology is essentially a philosophical presenta­ tion, with little relevance to theology. 1 we would say that those works are "philosophical" insofar as arguments from cause are emphasised in them, instead of arguments from revelation or religion. despite the fact that, as Lescoe issues out (in the creation to his variation of the De substantUs separatis, p. 8), the treatise on separate components leads as much as theological subject-matter in Ch. 's XVII ff- particularly, an exposition of Catholic instructing as present in Sacred Scripture, the Fathers, and particularly Dionysius. And Chenu keeps that the Summa contra gentiles is largely a theological paintings, since it not just leads as much as theological subject-matter in Bk.

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