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14.4 Relating Love and Wisdom

In order to understand Postulate 12, we consider again how divine Wisdom is related to divine Love. We saw that wisdom contains a collection of possible forms and furthermore that it must be connected or linked to love in some essential way. In Chapter 11 we saw that love, as the underlying power or disposition, was the substance of the divine. These requirements are satisfied if love and wisdom in God are related, in one being, as the substance and as the form of that being. That is, love is the substance of God, and wisdom is the form of God.14.4

When love is the substance and wisdom is the form of God, it shows how love and wisdom are related and united together within God. The love is itself invisible (as substance), whereas the wisdom (as form) makes God known as the image of the invisible. It is only by forms that anything can be known to intellect or to perception, as discussed in Section 14.2. Everything that God does, by its very nature, requires the joint contribution of love and wisdom, as is entirely appropriate within theism.14.5


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