Arugment for Contingency-necessity

Arugment for Contingency-necessity - ARGUMENT FOR REAL...

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ARGUMENT FOR REAL CONTINGENCY AND MORAL FREEDOM GIVEN THE NATURE OF GOD AS ESSE A SE. 1. Basic principle governing the inference is the principle of non-contradiction. God cannot contradict His own nature and His nature is “to be”, esse a se. Therefore, God is governed by the most fundamental of all principles, the principle of non- contradiction: God cannot will His own non-being since God is being itself (esse a se). 2. Since God’s being and his properties are identical, then God cannot know or will something that contradicts His own being. He cannot will nothingness as such (self-annihilation) and He cannot will something that contradicts His knowledge (something other than what He knows) and His power (something other than what He wills to occur). 3. In q. 19, art 8, Aquinas argues God wills not only that certain things come about, but He wills the manner in which they come about, some things “necessarily and some things” contingently, for the good order of things (as He knows and decrees).
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