Thomas Aquinas quote about God from Summa Theologica - Now, because we cannot know what God is, but rather what He is not, we have no means for considering how God is, but rather how He is not.
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Now, because we cannot know what God is, but rather what He is not, we have no means for considering how God is, but rather how He is not.
 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1274). copy citation

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Author Thomas Aquinas
Source Summa Theologica
Topic God knowledge contrary
Date 1274
Language English
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Note Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province
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Context

“OF THE SIMPLICITY OF GOD (In Eight Articles) When the existence of a thing has been ascertained there remains the further question of the manner of its existence, in order that we may know its essence. Now, because we cannot know what God is, but rather what He is not, we have no means for considering how God is, but rather how He is not.
Therefore, we must consider: (1) How He is not; (2) How He is known by us; (3) How He is named. Now it can be shown how God is not, by denying Him whatever is opposed to the idea of Him, viz. composition, motion, and the like.” source

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