The Mystery of God - Who God is and Why He Matters
St. Thomas Aquinas and the Paths to God
In the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas composed his famous five paths to God. His proofs don't depend on the Bible or divine revelation. They simply start from the world around us—trees, birds, buildings, and even ourselves. Thomas noticed that none of these things have to exist. But if that's the case, there must be some cause behind them, something grounding their existence. For Thomas and all Christians since, we know this source of all being by its ancient name—God.
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The Divine Attributes
Once we understand who God is, we naturally wonder, "What is he like? How does he act?" We can never fully answer those questions. Yet we can know that God is self-sufficient—he doesn't need the world but creates it out of love. God is omniscient, knowing all things. God is omnipresent, everywher...
Providence and the Problem of Evil
Perhaps the most difficult question in theology is this: Why does God allow evil? If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why are our lives marked with pain and suffering? These are not abstract questions. They go right to the heart of our experience. We have each wrestled with misery, wonderin...
Exploring the Trinity
Many religions and philosophies profess that "God is loving." Loving is something God does, it's one of his traits. But Christianity's strange and startling claim is that God is love. It's not what he does, it's who he is. Love always requires three things: a lover, a beloved, and the love shared...