God designed humans to understand things as the mind conforms to the actual objective thing, forming definition and finding truth. These are ideas. Now if a thing is found in an essence among many beings of the same likeness we call this a universal. Further, these beings share likeness in which they actively participate as creatures, and we call these species. Therefore, as these species and beings in their essences are in likeness to their creator, which is God, God knows them as idea and as God is his own essence which is his perfect knowledge, these ideas are found in God necessarily.

All ideas fall into two categories and both “belong to God.” The first, exemplar ideas, are the creatable. The second, archetypal ideas, the simply knowable are the “type”. To not get too technical it is easy to remember that archetypal knowledge is like prototypes in their form of knowledge (idea), and the exemplar is the model of the creatable thing (idea).

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