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beatific vision

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


P hilosophy of religion A term introduced by Thomas Aquinas for the vision of God . This vision does not use the senses, concepts, or any mental structures or processes. Instead it is meant to be an intimate and direct union with God. It is a kind of supernatural light by which one sees God face to face. All reasoning and deliberation is eliminated, although the certitude of judgment remains. Within it, God's essence is manifested. This is what man's ultimate beatitude consists in, as the consummation of the union with God. By nature, the vision belongs to God alone, but he grants it to human beings when he embraces them. Philosophers examine what the epistemological implications of beatific vision would be. “In order that a person comes to the full, beatific vision, the first requisite is that he believes God, as a learner believing the master teaching him.” Aquinas, Summa Theologiae ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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