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  • July 21, 2013 6:23 pm

    In June, John Paul Jaquith, Dr Andrew Dinan, and Dr Joseph Yarbrough discussed St. Thomas Aquinas at the site of his birth, Roccasecca. The ruins of his family’s estate enjoy a magnificent view of the valley below. Thomas’ adoption of Boethius’ metaphor for explaining God’s knowledge in eternity of events in time came to mind:

    Sicut ille qui vadit per viam, non videt illos qui post eum veniunt, sed ille qui ab aliqua altitudine totam viam intuetur, simul videt omnes transeuntes per viam. Et ideo illud quod scitur a nobis, oportet esse necessarium etiam secundum quod in se est, quia ea quae in se sunt contingentia futura, a nobis sciri non possunt. Sed ea quae sunt scita a Deo, oportet esse necessaria secundum modum quo subsunt divinae scientiae, ut dictum est, non autem absolute, secundum quod in propriis causis considerantur.

    Summa Theologica, Prima Pars, Q. 14, Art. 13, ad 3.