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A. "SEPARATE components" AND lOR" ANGELS"? it really is attention-grabbing to notice that, in an expressly theological treatise reminiscent of the Summa theologiae, St. Thomas usually makes use of the time period "angel", in place of "separate substance"; whereas in works with a much less particular theological reason - e. g. the Summa contra gentiles and the De substantiis separatis 1 - he commonly prefers the time period "separate substance". yet at any price there's no doubt that the 2 phrases, "separate sub­ stance" and "angel" have a definite interchangeability and equivalence within the works of St. Thomas. In different phrases, "the separate substance" is reminiscent of "the angel, insofar as its life and attributes are knowable via human cause alone". And this has led Karl Barth 2 to cost that St. Thomas' angelology is basically a philosophical presenta­ tion, with little relevance to theology. 1 we'd say that those works are "philosophical" insofar as arguments from cause are emphasised in them, instead of arguments from revelation or religion. although, as Lescoe issues out (in the creation to his version 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 essentially a theological paintings, since it not just leads as much as theological subject-matter in Bk.

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