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Thomas Aquinas - Philosopher & Saint

Updated: Sep 23, 2022

Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican Friar, Philosopher, Catholic Priest, and Doctor of the Church. An immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, he is also known within the latter as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio, Italy. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism; of which he argued that reason is found in God. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory. - from Wikipedia.

I want you to think deeply and listen to this video about Aquinas and consider yourself and God. Be contemplative. Read your bible and if you want to dive deeper you can purchase the book Summa Theologica through this link.

At the beginning of his massive work the Summa Theologica (or "A summation of theological knowledge"), Thomas stated, "In sacred theology, all things are treated from the standpoint of God." In this book he described the difference between philosophy and theology, between reason and revelation, though he emphasized that these did not contradict each other. Both are fountains of knowledge that come from God.

In 1879, the Aeterni Patris document of Pope Leo XIII endorsed Thomism (Aquinas's theology) as an authentic expression of doctrine and said it should be studied by all students of theology. Today Protestant and Catholic scholars continue to draw upon his writings. We too should dig deeper into our faith and people like Thomas Aquinas who have made it more understandable to all.


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