ADS and God’s act of willing

If God’s will is identifiable with his essence, and God’s act of creation includes his will (or God willed to create), and God’s essence is necessary, then is God’s willing of creation necessary? If God’s willing of creation is necessary, then does that not make creation necessary? And does this not pose problems for the Christian concept of God and creation?

On the other hand, denying that God’s essence is identifiable with his will allows for a metaphysical plurality within the Godhead, rescuing us from the above impasse.

HT: Perry Robinson

4 comments on “ADS and God’s act of willing

  1. danielj says:

    Aquinas says God is simple in that He isn’t composed of parts, or reducible in any way.How exactly does the Orthodox theologian phrase this concept about His nature? That He is reducible? That He is composed of parts?

  2. danielj says:

    Aquinas says God is simple in that He isn't composed of parts, or reducible in any way.How exactly does the Orthodox theologian phrase this concept about His nature? That He is reducible? That He is composed of parts?

  3. The Orthodox, as I understand it, agree that God is simple–they just deny the absolute simplicity that says God’s will is identifiable with his essence. St Augustine gives the best statement of absolute divine simplicity***The Godhead,” he writes, “is absolutely simple essence, and therefore to be is then the same as to be wise.***Trinity, 7.1.2. Ultimately, it is hard to see how his doctrine of simplicity differs from the Neo-Platonic One, a point made by Etienne Gilson

  4. The Orthodox, as I understand it, agree that God is simple–they just deny the absolute simplicity that says God's will is identifiable with his essence. St Augustine gives the best statement of absolute divine simplicity***The Godhead,” he writes, “is absolutely simple essence, and therefore to be is then the same as to be wise.***Trinity, 7.1.2. Ultimately, it is hard to see how his doctrine of simplicity differs from the Neo-Platonic One, a point made by Etienne Gilson

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