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Aquinas is Awesome

Unabashed Aquinas fanboy here. I could prattle on and on about the triumph that is the Summa Theologiae, a massive work that is astonishing for its lucidity, erudition, coherence, and comprehensiveness, or about the sheer brilliance of the Summa Contra

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Personal good and the common good

St. Thomas has an interesting thing to say about a certain hierarchy of values that seems like a real poke in the ribs. But a man’s will is not right in willing a particular good, unless he refer it to

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Hate your neighbor as yourself?

Self-hatred is not an option for the Christian. God says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, which completely rules out hating yourself: you have to love your neighbor, so in the first place you must love yourself. In

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Time and Eternity

It is hard, if not impossible, for our small brains to really grok what it means to be eternal (well, at any rate, it is hard or impossible for my small brain). A while ago I was reading St. Thomas

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What is Love?

It’s amusing to me when I come across answers to questions like that in philosophical works. People think that Aristotle, Aquinas, and Plato have nothing to say to them today, or that philosophy is dry as dust and lacks anything

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God’s Existence is not Self-Evident: Round Two

In a recent episode we saw that God’s existence is not self-evident to us. I said at the end of that post that I wanted to take a closer look at what St Thomas has to say about this subject

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In what does God’s image consist?

And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness, and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature

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Goodness and Being are the Same

In ST I q5 a1, St Thomas writes: Goodness and being are really the same, and differ only in idea; which is clear from the following argument. The essence of goodness consists in this, that it is in some way desirable. Hence

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God’s Existence is not Self-Evident to us

In the first question of the Summa Theologiae St Thomas addresses some preliminary issues relating to the value, nature, and extent of sacred doctrine (the science of divine revelation). With the second question he begins to treat of theology proper

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Evidence for Belief

As we’ve seen in previous posts, we need divine revelation because our End is God, and we cannot attain to that End by our own powers. We receive the truths of that revelation with the assent of faith because they

Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Fides et Ratio, Summa Contra Gentiles
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