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The Accidental Punishment: Thomas Aquinas on the Cause of Evil

The “problem of pain” is both ancient and enduring: if there is an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent God, whence pain, corruption, and death?  Many think there are only two possible answers: either “God” does not exist, since such a being could not permit pain and suffering, or all pain and suffering is somehow, against all appearances, always caused by God as just punishment for sin.  1,084 more words


A most satisfying book: Boethius ,a Consolation of Philosophy

Boetius de philosophico consolatu, siue, De consolatio[n]e philosophi[a]e

Edward Gibbon  in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  stated that  A consolation of Philosophy… 1,128 more words

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De Thomae Aquinatis "Summā Theologicā" annotamentum

(A note on Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa Theologica”)

I am imagining Thomas Aquinas sitting at his desk, writing a chapter of his “Summa Theologica”…

Aquinas derives his theory of human nature from Aristotle’s “De Anima”. 1,356 more words


Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is regarded as the greatest of scholastic philosophers. In all Catholic educational institutions that teach philosophy his system has to be taught as only right one. 524 more words


Catholic Philosophy (5-10th centuries). Ecclesiastical Reform in the 11th Century

The 5th and 6th Centuries. Dark Ages (7-10th Centuries)

The 5-th century was that of the barbarian invasion and the fall of the Western Empire. After the death of Augustine in 430, there was little philosophy; it was a century of destructive action, war put an end to large-scale commerce, and life again became local both politically and economically. 715 more words

Medieval Philosophy

Saint Augustine’s Philosophy and Theology

Pure Philosophy

Saint Augustine (354-430), at most times, does not occupy himself with pure philosophy, but when he does he shows very great ability. He is the first of a long line whose purely speculative views are influenced by the necessity of agreeing with Scripture. 688 more words