ADVANTAGES

St Thomas Aquinas, whose Summa Theologica is the single most important work of theology, was profoundly influenced by Aristotle. Indeed, the Summa can be seen as a synthesis of Aristotelian philosophy with Christian doctrine. Several decades before Aquinas started this work, the Council of Paris had threatened ex-communication to anyone studying Aristotle; indeed following Aquinas’s death his thought was initially rejected by the Church. Soon, though, both Aquinas and Aristotle were accepted, no longer seen as heretics but instead providing the foundation for much orthodox theology.

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