Saturday, January 14, 2012

St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274) was one of the greatest thinkers in European History. He was a Dominican priest who believed that the ideas of Aristotle should be applied to Catholic teaching. Aristotle sought to develop a universal method of reasoning through which it would be possible to learn everything there is to know about reality. Thomas Aquinas tried to apply these same ideas to the understanding of religion. He felt that it was possible for a person to accept religious teachings by faith alone, but he also asserted that theology is a science in which careful application of reason can yield observable proofs of knowledge. He taught that individuals could come to know God through scientific study of the Universe - a revolutionary idea in a medieval world in which the average person was happy to leave knowledge in the hands of the clergy. He could be credited with forcing the Church to come to terms with allowing common people access to religious knowledge. In doing so, he perhaps also became one of the founding fathers of scientific thinking.

In this BBC podcast, a group of historians, philosophers and educators discuss his legacy:



son muy buenos sus escritos , soy un estudiante del IB (de Sudamérica )saludos desde aca..

Mike Smith said...

Gracias Stalin. Espero que estas cosas son útiles para tí.