CT 40: Generation in God

I feel like Thomas is giving us bite-sized chunks, but at least now I see why he was going on about biological vs. intellection conception. Chapter 40 says:

Hence in the rule of Catholic faith we are taught to profess belief in the Father and Son in God by saying: “I believe in God the Father, and in His Son.” And lest anyone, on hearing Father and Son mentioned, should have any notion of carnal generation, by which among us men father and son receive their designation, John the Evangelist, to whom were revealed heavenly mysteries, substitutes “Word” for “Son,” (John 1:14) so that we may understand that the generation is intellectual.

I’ve not much to say about this; it seems fairly clear.

It occurs to me that Thomas is showing how conception in the intellect is similar to conception in biology…but that in fact, it’s really the other way around. Biological generation is an icon of the relationship between the Father and the Son.

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