Historical Who is Who

AQUINAS, Thomas

1225-74
Italy
RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY

 

Though initially mocked as a thickie ('Dumb Ox'), he became enormously influential throughout the western church during his lifetime and subsequently a major shaping influence throughout the Catholic tradition. This was because of the sheer persuasive power of how he interprets and explains the Christian faith and moral sense, in a rationally coherent and consistent way. To do this, he draws extensively on the pre-Christian philosophy of Aristotle, Plato and the Stoics, which he combined with earlier theological and Biblical thinking. Aquinas is a major source for RC moral education, most especially in regard to notions of conscience, natural law, and just war.

Life

Text of Summa Theologica

Writings and Philosophy

 

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