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My Recent synthesis of the Starting point of Heidegger's Philosophy

AQUINAS ON KNOWING GOD AND THE INTERACTION OF FAITH AND REASON

Introduction             In the Summa Theologiae Thomas Aquinas asks the following question: “Utrum aliquis intellectus creatus posit Deum videre per essentiam?”[1] In English, “Is it possible for a Created Intellect to see God through or in His essence?” Aquinas’s answer is that a created intellect can see God in His essence, but not naturally. In the Respondeo, the magisterial response of Aquinas to this question, he gives us a dilemma. “Cum enim ultima hominis beatitudo in altissima ejus operatione consistat, quae est operatio intellectus, si nunquam Dei essentiam videre potest intellectus creatus, vel nunquam beatitudinem obtinebit, vel in alio ejus beatitudo consistet quam in Deo.”[2] In English this is, “Therefore, seeing as the ultimate beatitude (good) of man consists in his highest operation, that is the operation of the intellect, if no created intellect can see the essence of God, then, either they will never obtain their beatitude [the vision of God], or their beatitude con…