Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Q4 A2: Whether the perfections of all things are in God?

Yes. God does not lack whatever perfection anything else may have because He is the prior cause of that thing.

Also, He is the continuous cause sustaining all perfection in existence because He is ipsum esse per se subsistens ("being itself subsistent in itself"), which is what we established in Q3 A4 (viz., that God's existence and essence are the same).