9.5   ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

Thomas Aquinas was born in Roccasecca, Italy in 1224 and became one of the preeminent philosophers and catholic theologians of his time.  Before entering the order of Dominicans at age twenty, Aquinas had received a master of arts degree from the University of Naples.    He was sent to the University of Paris in 1252  to pursue advanced studies in theology.  He remained in Paris to teach for seven years.  The latter years of his life were spent back in Italy.  He succumbed to a long illness and died in 1274.

Aquinas was a prolific writer and his works showed a rather eclectic approach to theology.  Among his other interest was a fascination with angel.  One of his most famous works is entitled, Somma Theologica,. The work consists of three parts.  In the first section, Aquinas concerns himself with the topics of creation, angels, and humanity.   The second section is devoted to a study of virtue, vice, and grace.   In the final section, Aquinas addresses the issue of Christ and the sacrament.


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