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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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Aquinas on Hermeneutics

In ST Ia q1 a10 St Thomas says some interesting things about the different senses of Scripture, and especially about its literal sense. The author of Holy Writ is God, in whose power it is to signify His meaning, not

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Genesis 1: More Scattered Thoughts

Folks who say that Genesis 1 must be interpreted as presenting a literal chronology of seven literal days often assert that this viewpoint was never challenged before 19th century (or some other recent century). Once scientists began to think that

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We Need Revelation

Reason is not omnicompetent. It cannot solve all problems. One problem it cannot solve for us has to do with helping us attain to our end. It was necessary for man’s salvation that there should be a knowledge revealed by

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Veritatis Splendor 13

What is the New Law of the Gospel, of the New Testament? JPII writes in VS §24 that it is the grace of the Holy Spirit poured out in our hearts. And so we find revealed the authentic and original

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Sacred Doctrine is a Science

When St. Thomas argues in the Summa Theologiae that sacred doctrine is a science, he does not have in mind something that’s much like modern science or the scientific method. What he means is something that affords greater certainty than

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St. Thomas was no rationalist

Right off the bat in the Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas rejects rationalism. It was necessary for man’s salvation that there should be a knowledge revealed by God besides philosophical science built up by human reason. Firstly, indeed, because man is

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