Good introductory article/essay on the divine attributes/how to know what God is like?


#1

Hi there! Does anyone know of a good written article that covers how one can know what God is like/the divine attributes (omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, mercy, goodness, etc)? I’ve spent an hour Googling a dozen Catholic sites and can’t seem to find one. Maybe I’m searching for the wrong phrases?

Something like this, but shorter, and more for beginners? Thanks

catholic DOT com/encyclopedia/divine-attributes

EDIT: Apparently I’m not allowed to include links in my posts, even if they’re on catholic DOT com? Come on, CA staff…


#2

Psalm 90:2
Before the mountains were formed or You brought forth the Earth, from everlasting to everlasting
You are God.
Gen 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

                So there'z reasons why God is often mentioned as our "Creator"

Daniel 7:9
As I continued to watch: Thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His clothing was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.
Psalm 90:4
For in Your sight a thousand years are but a day that passes, or a watch of the night.

              He didn't acquire the "Ancient of Days" title overnight either

#3

Try searching Divine Simplicity.


#4

And Stanford always has great articles. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/divine-simplicity/


#5

Thanks for the replies. The Stanford article seems most like what I’m looking for. I’ve tried Googling divine simplicity though and not really finding much. :frowning: I’m kind of stunned that CA doesn’t seem to have a single introductory article on this topic on their magazine or website, only two beginner-unfriendly encyclopedia articles.

catholic DOT com/divine-aseity

For what it’s worth, I’m trying to compile a curated list of articles on various Catholic topics for the benefit of other Catholics, and on this one I’ve been coming up short.

Are there really no introductory articles on this topic from Catholic apologetics sources? EWTN and the National Catholic Register are pretty empty on this too.


#6

I’m not entirely sure what you mean by introductory, but there are certainly quite a few blogs that have a ton of material on the existence and nature of God.

I’ll list a few here to get you started.

Strange Notions

Edward Feser

Richard G. Howe

This last one :point_up:t3: above is an Evangelical Christian, but he is thoroughly Thomistic and very sharp in his approach to the existence and attributes of God. These three sites are really the tip of the iceberg. Once you explore them, you’ll begin to see just how far the rabbit trail goes.


#7

Thanks again! This is just what I was looking for.


#8

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