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Brendan Noble HST 1001

Thomas Aquinas Outline Thesis Statement: Using the same philosophical ideas of Aristotle, Aquinas set out to prove that religious faith had a rational basis rather then a supernatural unknown. Through his two greatest works (Summa Theologica, and Summa Contra Gentiles), his views have affected our schools education system by the establishment of Thomism. Background info: -Born around 1225 in the town Aquino -Sent by parents to study as an Abbott and attend the University of Naples - Left the University of Naples to join the Dominicans Friars - Studied under Albertus Magnus, more commonly known as Albert the Great - Became a lecturer at the University of Paris in 1252 Summa Theologica -A manual of Faith for beginners and experts alike -Compilation of all theological ideas at the time - Cyclical pattern of topics (God, Gods creation of man, mans purpose, Christ, the sacraments, and then back to god)

-The Five Arguments to prove Gods existence (unmoved mover, argument of the first cause, argument from contingency, argument from degree, and the theological argument) Conclusion

References Feser, E. (2009). Aquinas: A Beginners Guide. Oxford: Oneworld Publications. Grenet, P. (1967), Thomism, an Introduction. New York: Harper and Row Gulley, A. D., Ph. D. (1964). The Educational Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas. New York: Pageant Press, Inc. Kerr, F. (2009). Thomas Aquinas: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.