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Reply to a Reader

Recently a gentleman left a couple comments in response to a post here, and I don’t think I did justice to his remarks. In this post I would like to rectify that situation. He begins with this: Unfortunately, it seems

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Natural Law, Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologiae

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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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Charity, Summa Contra Gentiles

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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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

Reason: Thus far, and no farther

Reason has its limits. Recently I wrote about intellectual modesty, and this post is certainly related to that. In Summa Contra Gentiles I:5, St Thomas writes that it is fitting for truths beyond the powers of reason to be proposed

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

Why We Need Revelation

In a recent post we saw that we need revelation. In SCG I:4 St Thomas goes into a bit more detail as to why we need it if we are going to know God. He assumes here of course that

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

Intellectual Modesty

Some things can be known with greater confidence than others. For example, I can’t know for sure why my brother hit me with a tennis racket 30 years ago, although it’s reasonable to assume that I must have provoked his

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

Thomistic Apologetics

St Thomas wrote the Summa Contra Gentiles with the following in mind: [2] And so, in the name of the divine Mercy, I have the confidence to embark upon the work of a wise man, even though this may surpass

Posted in Apologetics, Fides et Ratio, Summa Contra Gentiles

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

Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Revelation, Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologiae

Why theological humility is a good thing

Knowledge is hard for us to get. As Aristotle says: The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the

Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Summa Contra Gentiles
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