Job, the knowability of God, and the Incarnation
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(04-06-2011, 02:30 PM)SouthpawLink Wrote: I feel fairly confident in saying that both God's existence and His perfections could be known with certainty before the Incarnation, otherwise, if Revelation were needed, then reason alone couldn't know them (which would contradict Church teaching*).  And certainly, man didn't become naturally smarter after the Incarnation.

It's true that the existence of God and His perfections could be known by reason alone before and after the Incarnation.  But the Incarnation and Revelation made it much easier:
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica I Q1 A1 Wrote:Even as regards those truths about God which human reason could have discovered, it was necessary that man should be taught by a divine revelation; because the truth about God such as reason could discover, would only be known by a few, and that after a long time, and with the admixture of many errors. Whereas man's whole salvation, which is in God, depends upon the knowledge of this truth. Therefore, in order that the salvation of men might be brought about more fitly and more surely, it was necessary that they should be taught divine truths by divine revelation.

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