Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Q1 A4: Whether sacred doctrine is a practical science?

Sacred doctrine is both a speculative and a practical science, because it considers what belongs to each under the one formal aspect of revelation.

It is, however, mainly speculative, because it is more concerned with divine things than human acts.

That is, it treats human acts only so far as they bring man to speculative knowledge of God, i.e., to eternal bliss.