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14.3 Divine Wisdom

We accept that a theistic God must be all-knowing, all-understanding, and all-wise.14.1God understands the forms of all things actual and possible and also how they may change because of their underlying substance (powers or loves) according to the ends or purposes of that love. A proper understanding of things therefore requires the wisdom of love, or wisdom united with love. Since God is love itself, let us declare divine wisdom in the same manner as the previous postulates:

Postulate 12   God is Wisdom Itself.

We now take the Platonic step that there is a sense in which universals (forms) all exist in the mind of God. This is standard in theism, so we claim that all forms are themselves part of divine Wisdom. This Wisdom includes all possible forms and all the possible changes of objects. We can think of all those forms making a unity by imagining the combination of all possible colors into a beam, where each color (spectral distribution) corresponds to a particular form. When these are all combined, the beam is of pure, clear light.14.2This can be taken as analogous to the light of divine Wisdom. The Wisdom of God is (or at least contains) an infinite collection of forms, from which collection all objects have specific forms by selection. The collection does not make up the Wisdom by an aggregation of many parts, but the infinite number of forms is distinguishable within that Wisdom.14.3


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