As hitherto we have considered God as He is in Himself, we now go on to consider in what manner He is in the knowledge of creatures; concerning which there are thirteen points of inquiry:
A Whether any created intellect can see the essence of God?
A Whether the essence of God is seen by the intellect through any created image?
A Whether the essence of God can be seen by the corporeal eye?
A Whether any created intellectual substance is sufficient by its own natural powers to see the essence of God?
A Whether the created intellect needs any created light in order to see the essence of God?
A Whether of those who see God, one sees Him more perfectly than another?
A Whether any created intellect can comprehend the essence of God?
A Whether the created intellect seeing the essence of God, knows all things in it?
A Whether what is there known is known by any similitudes?
A Whether the created intellect knows at once what it sees in God?
A Whether in the state of this life any man can see the essence of God?
A Whether by natural reason we can know God in this life?
A Whether there is in this life any knowledge of God through grace above the knowledge of natural reason?