Taken from the Theological Word of the Day (TWOD) (to which you should all subscribe!)
Let’s discuss. Do you all agree with the concept expressed by the analogia entis? Read first, then comment.
(Lat. “analogy of being”)
also, “analogy of imitation” or “analogy of participation”
The belief that there exists an analogy or correspondence between the creation and God that makes theological conversation about God possible. While many would say that finite beings with finite language cannot describe an infinite God, theologians of the medieval era discussed this problem, seeking to resolve it by developing a theory which alloted the communication of words into three separate categories.
1) Some words are univocal (always used with the same sense)
2) Some were equivocal (used with very different senses)
3) Some were analogical (used with related senses).
It is this third sense that the analogia entis finds meaning.
While finite man cannot describe and infinite God perfectly (univocally), he can do so truly being that God has created man in his image and, through this, has provided and analogical way of communicating himself. To deny the analogia entis is thought, by some, to be a self defeating proposition since it would present the situation where an all-powerful God is not powerful enough to communicate himself to his creation.