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date: 19 June 2019

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This chapter discusses the Catholic understanding of God as Creator. It begins with an overview of the biblical proclamation as found in the Old and New Testaments and proceeds by citing the writings of Irenaeus as an example of early patristic thought. It then considers the doctrinal and philosophical understandings of God as one and as a Trinity of persons, with particular emphasis on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. It also examines the act of creation and the type of relationship such an act establishes between God and creation. The chapter highlights creation’s eternal purpose: for human beings to become the Father’s children after the manner of his own eternal Son, which would be achieved through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit.

Keywords: God, Old Testament, New Testament, Irenaeus, Trinity, persons, Thomas Aquinas, act of creation, human beings, Holy Spirit

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