A classmate of mine this summer turned out not only to be a brother in Christ, but also a Thomist. We had a very edifying discussion a few weeks ago about the transcendentals. He said that at one level truth, goodness, and beauty as such are the same thing and really at the ultimate level, because of God’s simplicity, they are God just like being, as such, is God. But at the level of created reality and things that change, he noted, truth, goodness, and beauty are ways of talking about order.
- Truth is order apprehended by the intellect.
- Goodness is order apprehended by the will.
- Beauty is order apprehended by the appetites.
I think this is a remarkable explanation. I’m sure it had antecedents in something he read, but there it is.