21 Facts About Aquinas


The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio, Italy.

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Thomas Aquinas was most likely born in the castle of Roccasecca, near Aquino, controlled at that time by the Kingdom of Sicily, c, According to some authors, he was born in the castle of his father, Landulf of Aquino.

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Aquinas'sphilosophical thought has exerted enormous influence on subsequent Christian theology, especially that of the Catholic Church, extending to Western philosophy in general.

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Aquinas asserts that Christians have a duty to distribute with provision to the poorest of society.

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In Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 3, Chapter 146, which was written by Aquinas prior to writing the Summa Theologica, St Thomas was a vocal supporter of the death penalty.

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Thomas Aquinas wrote several important commentaries on Aristotle's works, including On the Soul, On Interpretation, Nicomachean Ethics, Physics and Metaphysics.

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Aquinas'swork is associated with William of Moerbeke's translations of Aristotle from Greek into Latin.

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Thomas Aquinas refers to animals as dumb and that the natural order has declared animals for man's use.

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Thomas Aquinas maintains that a human is a single material substance.

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Thomas Aquinas addressed most economic questions within the framework of justice, which he contended was the highest of the moral virtues.

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Thomas Aquinas was careful to distinguish the just, or natural, price of a good from that price which manipulates another party.

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Thomas Aquinas wrote extensively on usury, that is, the lending of money with interest.

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Thomas Aquinas viewed theology, or the sacred doctrine, as a science, the raw material data of which consists of written scripture and the tradition of the Catholic Church.

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However, Aquinas makes a distinction between "demonstrations" of sacred doctrines and the "persuasiveness" of those doctrines.

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For example, Aquinas, argues that we would expect God to become incarnate, and we would expect a resurrected Christ to not stay on Earth.

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Aquinas was receptive to and influenced by Avicenna's Proof of the Truthful.

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Thomas Aquinas identified the goal of human existence as union and eternal fellowship with God.

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Thomas Aquinas belonged to the Dominican Order who began as an order dedicated to the conversion of the Albigensians and other heterodox factions, at first by peaceful means; later the Albigensians were dealt with by means of the Albigensian Crusade.

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Position taken by Aquinas is that if children were being reared in error, the Church had no authority to intervene.

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The pope noted that the position of Aquinas had been more widely held among theologians and canon lawyers, than that of John Duns Scotus.

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Thomas Aquinas was instrumental in developing a new doctrine that included the belief in the real power of witches.

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