Monday, August 31, 2015

Aquinas: "Moral Science Is Better Occupied When Treating Friendship Than Of Mercy"

"Mercy... makes the world more just."
Pope Francis

"Arguing against those who said that natural philosophy was contrary to the Christian faith, (Aquinas) writes in his treatise "Faith, Reason and Theology that "even though the natural light of the human mind is inadequate to make known what is revealed by faith, nevertheless what is divinely taught to us by faith cannot be contrary to what we are endowed with by nature. One or the other would have to be false, and since we have both of them from God, he would be the cause of our error, which is impossible."" 
"Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World" 

John Freely

"Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) lived at a critical juncture of western culture when the arrival of the Aristotelian corpus in Latin translation reopened the question of the relation between faith and reason, calling into question the (Augustinian) modus vivendi that had obtained for centuries." 
The opening sentence of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Thomas Aquinas.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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