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His influence on matters purely philosophical is fully explained in histories of philosophy see e. Gonzalez, O. Thomas d'Aquin", 2 vols. Theologians who followed St. His paramount importance and influence may be explained by considering him as the Christian Aristotle, combining in his person the best that the world has known in philosophy and theology.

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The work of his life may be summed up in two propositions: he established the true relations between faith and reason; he systematized theology. Thomas on the relations between faith and reason were solemnly proclaimed in the Vatican Council The second, third, and fourth chapters of the Constitution "Dei Filius" read like pages taken from the works of the Angelic Doctor. First, reason alone is no sufficient to guide men: they need Revelation; we must carefully distinguish the truths known by reason from higher truths mysteries known by Revelation. Secondly, reason and Revelation, though distinct, are not opposed to each other.

Thirdly, faith preserves reason from error; reason should do service in the cause of faith.

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Fourthly, this service is rendered in three ways: a reason should prepare the minds of men to receive the Faith by proving the truths which faith presupposes praeambula fidei ; b reason should explain and develop the truths of Faith and should propose them in scientific form; c reason should defend the truths revealed by Almighty God. This is a development of St. Augustine's famous saying De Trin.

Thomas in many places, especially in the following: "In Boethium, d a Trin.

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Companion to the Summa Theologica Vol. III (Thomas Aquinas Library) (Volume 3) [Walter Farrell O.P.] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Companion to the Summa Theologica Vol. III (Thomas Aquinas Library) (Volume 3) () by Walter Farrell O.P. and a This is an excellent book regarding not only Thomas, but how to use his work in today's life.

Vaughan, op. Thomas's service a to the Faith are thus summed up by Leo XIII in the Encyclical "AEterni Patris": "He won this title of distinction for himself: that single-handed he victoriously combated the errors of former times, and supplied invincible arms to put to rout those which might in after times spring up. Again, clearly distinguishing, as is fitting, reason and faith, he both preserved and had regard for the rights of each; so much so, indeed, that reason, borne on the wings of Thomas, can scarcely rise higher, while faith could scarcely expect more or stronger aids from reason than those which she has already obtained through Thomas.

Thomas did not combat imaginary foes; he attacked living adversaries. The works of Aristotle had been introduced into France in faulty translations and with the misleading commentaries of Jewish and Moorish philosophers. There crept into the University of Paris an insidious spirit of irreverence and Rationalism, represented especially by Abelard and Raymond Lullus, which claimed that reason could know and prove all things, even the mysteries of Faith. Under the authority of Averroes dangerous doctrines were propagated, especially two very pernicious errors: first, that philosophy and religion being in different regions, what is true in religion might be false in philosophy; secondly, that all men have but one soul.

Averroes was commonly styled "The Commentator", but St.

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Thomas says he was "not so much a Peripatetic as a corruptor of Peripatetic philosophy" Opuse. Applying a principle of St.

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Augustine see I, Q. Thomas resolved to take what was true from the "unjust possessors", in order to press it into the service of revealed religion. Objections to Aristotle would cease if the true Aristotle were made known; hence his first care was to obtain a new translation of the works of the great philosopher see A.

Aristotle was to be purified; false commentators were to be refuted; the most influential of these was Averroes, hence St. Thomas is continually rejecting his false interpretations. Scholasticism does not consist, as some persons imagine, in useless discussions and subtleties, but in this, that it expresses sound doctrine in language which is accurate, clear, and concise. In the Encyclical "AEterni Patris" Leo XIII, citing the words of Sixtus V Bull "Triumphantis", , declares that to the right use of philosophy we are indebted for "those noble endowments which make Scholastic theology so formidable to the enemies of truth", because "that ready coherence of cause and effect, that order and array of a disciplined army in battle, those clear definitions and distinctions, that strength of argument and those keen discussions by which light is distinguished from darkness, the true from the false, expose and lay bare, as it were, the falsehoods of heretics wrapped around by a cloud of subterfuges and fallacies".

When the great Scholastics had written, there was light where there had been darkness, there was order where confusion had prevailed. The work of St. Anselm and of Peter Lombard was perfected by the Scholastic theologians. Since their days no substantial improvements have been made in the plan and system of theology, although the field of apologetics has been widened, and positive theology has become more important. Within a short time after his death the writings of St. Thomas were universally esteemed. The Dominicans naturally took the lead in following St.

The general chapter held in Paris in pronounced severe penalties against all who dared to speak irreverently of him or of his writings. The chapters held in Paris in , at Bordeaux in , and at Lucca in expressly required the brethren to follow the doctrine of Thomas, who at that time had not been canonized Const.

The University of Paris, on the occasion of Thomas's death, sent an official letter of condolence to the general chapter of the Dominicans, declaring that, equally with his brethren, the university experienced sorrow at the loss of one who was their own by many titles see text of letter in Vaughan, op. To the list may be added Lima and Manila, Fribourg and Washington. Seminaries and colleges followed the lead of the universities.

The "Summa" gradually supplanted the "Sentences" as the textbook of theology. Minds were formed in accordance with the principles of St. Thomas; he became the great master, exercising a world-wide influence on the opinions of men and on their writings; for even those who did not adopt all of his conclusions were obliged to give due consideration to his opinions.

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It has been estimated that commentaries on St. Thomas's works have been written. In every one of the general councils held since his death St. Thomas has been singularly honoured. At the Council of Lyons his book "Contra errores Graecorum" was used with telling effect against the Greeks. In later disputes, before and during the Council of Florence, John of Montenegro, the champion of Latin orthodoxy, found St.

Thomas's works a source of irrefragable arguments. The "Decretum pro Armenis" Instruction for the Armenians , issued by the authority of that council, is taken almost verbatim from his treatise, "De fidei articulis et septem sacramentis" see Denzinger-Bannwart, n. But the chief and special glory of Thomas, one which he has shared with none of the Catholic doctors, is that the Fathers of Trent made it part of the order of the conclave to lay upon the altar, together with the code of Sacred Scripture and the decrees of the Supreme Pontiffs, the Summa of Thomas Aquinas, whence to seek counsel, reason, and inspiration.