Saturday, April 29, 2006

Q14 A12: Whether God can know infinite things?

Yes. God knows even the thoughts and affections of hearts (which will be multiplied to infinity as rational creatures go on for ever) because the divine essence, whereby the divine intellect understands, is a sufficing likeness of all things that are, or can be, not only as regards the universal principles, but also as regards the principles proper to each one: the knowledge of vision.

God does not know the infinite or infinite things, as if He enumerated part after part; since He knows all things simultaneously, and not successively.

The knowledge of God is the measure of things, not quantitatively, for the infinite is not subject to this kind of measure; but it is the measure of the essence and truth of things.