Sunday, September 06, 2009

1a2ae: First Part of the Second Part (Prima Secundæ Partis)

Quia, sicut Damascenus dicit, homo factus ad imaginem Dei dicitur—secundum quod per imaginem significatur "intellectuale et arbitrio liberum et per se potestativum"—postquam praedictum est de exemplari (scilicet de Deo) et de his quae processerunt ex divina potestate secundum eius voluntatem, restat ut consideremus de eius imagine (idest de homine), secundum quod et ipse est suorum operum principium, quasi liberum arbitrium habens et suorum operum potestatem.

Since, as Damascene states (De Fide Orthod. ii. 12), man is said to be made to God's image—insofar as the image implies an intelligent being endowed with free-will and self-movement—now that we have treated of the exemplar (i.e., God) and of those things which came forth from the power of God in accordance with His will, it remains for us to treat of His image (i.e., man), inasmuch as he too is the principle of his actions, as having free-will and control of his actions.