Articles tagged: thomas-aquinas

La Mort de César (ca. 1859–1867) by Jean-Léon Gérôme, depicting the aftermath of the attack with Caesar's body abandoned in the foreground as the senators exult.

Great Books: 15 Lessons from Cicero's On Duties


SPL Staff • August 17th, 2017

Listers, "few of those who have sought to present a systematic account of the development of political philosophy have attached great importance to Cicero's political thought."1 Marcus Tullius Cicero, born January 3, 106 BC, was a Roman politician, lawyer, and an incredible rhetorician whose... Read More →
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RCIA: 5 Questions on Faith and Reason in Catholicism


SPL Staff • June 20th, 2017

Listers, faith and reason are in harmony. The same God that endowed man with reason is the same God that died upon the Cross. To claim that faith and reason are harmonious is to also claim that there is no conflict between theology and philosophy, between Catholicism and science, and between... Read More →

On God & Goodness: 8 Lessons on the Euthyphro Dilemma


SPL Staff • July 24th, 2016

Listers, does God will something because it is good or is something good because God wills it? The question lies at the heart of the dialogue Euthyphro, written by Plato c. 399-395 BC, recounting a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro on the meaning of holiness. Though the... Read More →

The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle


SPL Staff • July 17th, 2016

Listers, Aristotle quite arguably has the most famous philosophic lesson on friendship. Aristotle, "the Philosopher," observes there are three general lovable qualities that serve as the motives for friendship: utility, pleasure, and the good. Moreover, each type of friendship, to be an actual... Read More →

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

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SPL Staff • May 15th, 2015

Listers, certain "Great Books" have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered "great," he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems... Read More →

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 11th, 2015

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be... Read More →

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different


SPL Staff • March 16th, 2015

Listers, at an academic seminar studying the differences between ancient and modern thought, the concept of individual rights was presented. It was stated that the modern notion of individual rights (and even the natural right concepts of early modernity) was in direct contradiction to the... Read More →

3 Explanations on Lenten Fasting from St. Thomas Aquinas


SPL Staff • February 26th, 2015

Listers, it is easy to become caught up in the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent. Amidst navigating rules like a meal and two small snacks that do not equal a full meal, it very important to remember the purpose behind these practices of the Church.1 St. Thomas Aquinas offers three... Read More →

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices


SPL Staff • December 29th, 2014

Listers, Aristotle ("the Philosopher") defined prudence as  "right reason applied to action."1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving... Read More →

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • November 1st, 2014

Listers, what does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous... Read More →

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • September 4th, 2014

Listers, if a person invites lust into his heart, the daughters of lust will soon follow and nest deep within it. A vice is not a single act. Both vice and virtue are habits. Habits are described by both Aristotle and Aquinas as a species of the category of "quality," and qualities are... Read More →

The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas' Natural Law in a Modern World


SPL Staff • March 16th, 2014

Brief Outline of the Four Laws Eternal Law – A type of the Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end. Divine Law – The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God's self-revelation. The Old Law – Extrinsic focus, fear, and earthly rewards – foreshadows the NT The New... Read More →

Divine Government: 6 Questions by Aquinas on the Eternal Law


SPL Staff • February 25th, 2014

SPL on Aquinas' Treatment of Law - Summa Theologica Reference Law and the Common Good: 9 Introductory Catholic Questions - I-II.90 Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws - I-II.91 4 Reasons God Gave Us Scripture (Divine Law) by Aquinas - I-II.91.4 Does the Law Exist to Make Men... Read More →

Aquinas is Not Impressed: 12 Memes of the Angelic Doctor

Life & Leisure

SPL Staff • August 26th, 2013

A Selection of Lists on St. Thomas Aquinas The 24 Theses of St. Thomas Aquinas with Citations and Commentary Patrimony of Wisdom: St. Pius X's Exhortation to study Aquinas The Sun that Warms the World – St. Thomas Aquinas What Vatican II Actually Said About St. Thomas Aquinas The 3 Part... Read More →

Angelic Warfare Confraternity: 37 Questions on this Sacred Pact


SPL Staff • August 19th, 2013

1. What is a Confraternity? A Confraternity is a supernatural brotherhood or fellowship of men and women who make a sacred pact to pursue some good together in the Church. A Confraternity is a bond of love serving some good and holy purpose, and reflecting the communion of the Holy... Read More →

8 Considerations on Whether Christ had Acquired, Infused, or Beatific Knowledge


SPL Staff • March 24th, 2013

A Word of Caution In his epistle to I Corinthians, St. Paul writes, "I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh." The following Thomistic contemplation on the knowledge of Christ is meat. SPL has written... Read More →

13 Videos from the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph


SPL Staff • March 22nd, 2013

Listers, laudare - benedicere - praedicare. What is a Dominican? According to the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, "The Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans, was founded by St. Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221), a Spanish priest who was struck by the need for preaching the... Read More →

The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 9th, 2013

Listers, if Catholics are to live a life of virtue then there are two primary sciences - bodies of knowledge - all Catholics should study: the "Noble Science" and the "Queen of the Sciences." The corpus of writings from Cardinal Ratzinger is as vast and as it is impressive. An excellent survey of... Read More →

10 Popes Comment on the Virtue & Intellect of St. Thomas Aquinas


SPL Staff • February 15th, 2013

Listers, the following is taken from The Formation of the Catholic Mind by Dr. Ronald A. McArthur. Dr. McArthur is the founding president of the highly praised_ _Thomas Aquinas College in California. The Most Rev. Pietro Sambi (†), Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, once stated, "The Church... Read More →

The 24 Theses of St. Thomas Aquinas with Citations and Commentary

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 10th, 2013

Listers, "with the decree Postquam sanctissimus of 27 July 1914, Pope St. Pius X declared that 24 theses formulated by 'teachers from various institutions ... clearly contain the principles and more important thoughts' of Thomas. Principal contributors to the Church's official statement of the... Read More →
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