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The Theological Virtues Only Known to Us Through Scripture

January 5, 2010

We’ve previously seen Aquinas talking about the primacy and sufficiency of Scripture. In the following quotation, we see Aquinas stating that the theological virtues are only known via divine revelation found in scripture (“sola divina revelatione, in sacra Scriptura”):

Such like principles are called “theological virtues”: first, because their object is God, inasmuch as they direct us aright to God: secondly, because they are infused in us by God alone: thirdly, because these virtues are not made known to us, save by Divine revelation, contained in Holy Writ.

Latin text:

Et huiusmodi principia virtutes dicuntur theologicae, tum quia habent Deum pro obiecto, inquantum per eas recte ordinamur in Deum; tum quia a solo Deo nobis infunduntur; tum quia sola divina revelatione, in sacra Scriptura, huiusmodi virtutes traduntur.

Citation: Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, First Part of the Second Part, Question 62, Article 1 ([36103] Iª-IIae q. 62 a. 1 co. )


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