Building Blocks for Augustine’s Doctrine of God (according to Bradshaw)

In contrasting Eastern Christianity’s synergistic approach to communion with the divine with the West’s traditional dualistic tendancies, Orthodox philosopher David Bradshaw lists three assumptions which governed Augustine’s thinking as he developed his doctrine of God:

1. that God is simple

2. that He can be known in only two ways, through created intermediaries or through a direct intellectual apprehension of the divine essence

3. that the highest goal of human existence is such direct intellectual apprehension

Bradshaw, David. Aristotle East and West (Oxford: 2004), 265

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