CT 13: God Not A Genus

Chapter 13 continues working on the proper classification of God:

We go on to show that God cannot be a genus. What a thing is, but not that it is, comes from its genus; the thing is established in its proper existence by specific differences. But that which God is, is very existence itself. Therefore He cannot be a genus.

Moreover, every genus is divided by some differences. But no differences can be apprehended in very existence itself. For differences do not share in genus except indirectly, so far as the species that are constituted by differences share in a genus. But there cannot be any difference that does not share in existence, since non-being is not the specific difference of anything. Accordingly God cannot be a genus predicated of a number of species.

So yesterday we saw that there’s nothing else sufficiently like God to be in the same genus; God has no peers. And today we see that God is a not a class of things: there are not multiple Gods all of which share in the same basic definition.

It seems to me that this also follows from the absence of potency in God, but what do I know?

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