How God is Known by Us
As hitherto we have considered God as He is in Himself, we now go on to consider in what manner He is in the knowledge of creatures; concerning which there are thirteen points of inquiry:
- Whether any created intellect can see the essence of God?
- Whether the essence of God is seen by the intellect through any created image?
- Whether the essence of God can be seen by the corporeal eye?
- Whether any created intellectual substance is sufficient by its own natural powers to see the essence of God?
- Whether the created intellect needs any created light in order to see the essence of God?
- Whether of those who see God, one sees Him more perfectly than another?
- Whether any created intellect can comprehend the essence of God?
- Whether the created intellect seeing the essence of God, knows all things in it?
- Whether what is there known is known by any similitudes?
- Whether the created intellect knows at once what it sees in God?
- Whether in the state of this life any man can see the essence of God?
- Whether by natural reason we can know God in this life?
- Whether there is in this life any knowledge of God through grace above the knowledge of natural reason?