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Monday, April 6, 2009

0065: Actus Essendi and the ascent to God

Entry 0065: Actus Essendi and the ascent to God

Reflecting on the “Actus Essendi Way” developed by Aquinas to prove the existence of God, David Bentley Hart writes:



In the terms of Aquinas, there is simply an obvious incommensurability between the 'essence' and the existence of things, and hence finite reality cannot account for its own 'being.'



And if this incommensurability is considered with adequate probity and clarity, it cannot fail but lead reflection towards something like what [Aquinas] calls the 'Actus Essendi Subsistens' - the subsisting Act of Being - which is one of his most beautiful names for God."