Tag Archives: Thomas Aquinas

Your somewhat daily Summa…

Read the following from Aquinas’ Summa theologiae and then challenge yourself to i) rebut each objection and ii) articulate your own explanation of the truth, before reading how St. Thomas does so. III, q. I, a. 1 – “Is it fitting for God … Continue reading

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Goodness grows in the generation of substance…

A little context: St. Thomas points out that a thing cannot simply be said to be good in the same way that it is called being. Being is said in the first place of the substantial being of things, and … Continue reading

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An evil god is the least of your worries…

As I explained not so long ago, I go through seasons as a blogger, and as a thinker. A topos which is coming back to the fore, after a hiatus, is my study of Summa contra gentiles (SCG) by St. … Continue reading

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Before I remember to forget again…

[I have revised and expanded this post since last night, primarily in the latter half of it, so you may want to peruse it again.] “[I]f the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. Hence … Continue reading

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Just add water…

Listening to (an older recording) of Fr. Mitch Pacwa on my local Catholic radio station last night while running an errand, I heard him explain why Pope John Paul II had written some of his theological works in poetic form, … Continue reading

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“Philosophy is a dead end”…

And other dimwitted complaints. The following, written by Yves Simon, is an excerpt from his acceptance speech for the Aquinas Medal, awarded to him by the American Catholic Philosophical Association. It speaks directly to the intellectual malaise of our scientistic … Continue reading

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A brief note about understanding finality…

A “match” that could not, under any circumstances, combust would not properly be a match. The intrinsic nature of such a “match” would not be causally aligned with the effect of combustion. A match, by contrast, is so constituted that … Continue reading

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