Whether St. Thomas is Boring? By: Br. Raymund Snyder, O.P.

By test|October 18, 2013|Philosophy, to be moved|

People often criticize St. Thomas Aquinas for being “boring.” Today, on the feast of the Angelic Doctor, I offer this light-hearted reflection… from a great Domincan Blog found below: Whether Thomas Aquinas is fittingly called boring? Objection 1: It would seem that Thomas Aquinas is fittingly called boring. The works of Thomas are composed of impersonal statements and arguments, which are boring. Now, every agent acts in accordance with its

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On the Nature of True Liberty (7-9)

By Jon|April 17, 2012|Catholicism, Philosophy|

We left off by recognizing that reasoning always takes place before an act of will/volition. Thus continues the text: 7. Such, then, being the condition of human liberty, it necessarily stands in need of light and strength to direct its actions to good and to restrain them from evil. Without this, the freedom of our will would be our ruin. [By choosing to deprive ourselves of the fullest good we

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Relevant Text: On The True Nature of Liberty by Leo XIII (1888)

By Jon|February 8, 2012|Catholicism, Philosophy|

My emphasis in bold. LIBERTAS ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIIION THE NATURE OFHUMAN LIBERTY To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, andBishops of the Catholic World in Grace andCommunion with the Apostolic See. Liberty, the highest of natural endowments, being the portion only of intellectual or rational natures, confers on man this dignity – that he is “in the hand of his counsel”(1) and has power over his actions. But the manner

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