Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Q3 A4: Whether essence and existence are the same in God?

Yes. Essentially, God is His existence because His existence alone is uncaused.

God is already Pure Act, and so existence is not required to actuate His form or nature (because His essence is already identical with His existence).

God is essential, not participated, being. Essentially, He is His existence, and not merely his own essence. God's existence is His essence.