Thomas Aquinas Symposium
March 22, 2018
Start Time: 
7:00 PM
End Time: 
8:30 PM
Little Theatre
Free admission

Presented by the Department of Philosophy

 "The God of the Bible and the God of the Philosophers"

Eleonore Stump, the internationally known scholar and the Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University 

From the lecturer:

It is common among contemporary theologians and philosophers to suppose that the God of the Bible is radically different from the God of the philosophers. The God of the philosophers is generally understood to be the God of classical theism, whose standard divine attributes are those paradigmatically given by the great medieval philosophers of the three monotheisms, Averroes, Maimonides, and Aquinas: simplicity, eternity, immutability. By contrast, the God portrayed in the Bible generally is very human. When Genesis says that human beings are made in the image of God, the stories of God in the Bible bear out the claim. By contrast with these biblical representations of God, to many people the God of classical theism seems unresponsive, unengaged, and entirely inhuman. In this lecture, I argue against the supposed inconsistency and try to show that the God of classical theism is the engaged, personally present, responsive God of the Bible.