The power distinction - working notions; early use of the distinction - by the pupils of the masters; the distinction wins acceptance; St Albert the Great OP; St Bonaventure OFM; St Thomas Aquinas - understanding the distinction; Aquinas - using the distinction; beyond Paris's theology faculty; the earlier medieval poer distinction.
`A careful and scholarly work on the history of a small but
important issue in thirteenth-century theology ... There is much of
value in Moonan's work. The book is thorough, containing a huge
wealth of detailed textual discussion. Moonan's treatment of texts,
and his exegesis of sometimes very small passages, are exemplary:
careful, scholarly, sensitive, and at the same time theologically
and philosophically acute. But Moonan also has a clear overall
thesis, and displays an admirable grasp of the wider contours of the power distinction: how it fits into thirteenth-century conceptions of the nature of God and of theology. Moonan clarifies a number of
points which have long remained obscure ... Moonan has produced a captivating and challenging study of a fascinating and important area in intellectual history.'
Journal of Theological Studies
`A radically new interpretation of one of the key concepts of Medieval religious philosophy: the concept of the power of God.'
The Medieval World
`careful historical work to identify the various formulations of "the power distinction" and the rules that govern its legitimate use in medieval philosophy ... he has developed a novel but precise terminology of his own by which to assess whether a given author is using the precise distinction in question and to elucidate the more sophisticated maneuvers which this distinction requires ... fine book'
Joseph W. Koterski, S.J. Fordham University, International Philosophical Quarterly, March '98
`A complex work...for students of 13th century theology and metaphysics, it is surely required reading. For those involved in contemporary theology or philosophy of religion, it offers a challenge that ought not be left unanswered.'
American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly