Sunday, May 21, 2006

Q18 A3: Whether life is properly attributed to God?

Yes. Life is in the highest degree properly in God because that being whose act of understanding is its very nature (and which, in what it naturally possesses, is not determined by another) must have life in the most perfect degree.

Such is God; and hence in Him principally is life.

From this Aristotle, after showing God to be intelligent, concludes (Metaph. xii, 51) that God has life most perfect and eternal, since His intellect is most perfect and always in act.