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Archetypes of Wisdom Douglas J. Soccio Chapter 9: The Scholar: Thomas  Acquinas
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The God-Centered Universe Whereas the classical mind was predominantly secular, the medieval mind was chiefly theological. Theology – from the Greek theos (God) and logos (study of) – means “the science or study of God”. The Middle ages was philosophers turn from the study of man and nature to “otherworldly” inquiries and the study of God.
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The Need to Reconcile Faith and Reason Most of us are rational creatures for whom it is somehow unsatisfying to accept contradictions and serious inconsistencies concerning something as important as our religious faith. The basic principles of reason – also called rules of inference – define the limits of rationality. That is, constantly violating them moves us into the realm of the irrational or illogical. They cannot be rationally refuted, since we rely on them in order to reason. One of the most important rules of inference is the law of contradiction . It says that no statement can be both true and false at the same time and under the same conditions. A statement (p) and its opposite (~p) is a contradiction, and so is necessarily false.
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The Seeds of Change The Christian religion arose after the death of Jesus Christ, through the efforts of the early apostles and disciples, especially Paul. Christianity originally consisted of scattered groups of believers who anticipated the Second Coming of Christ, which would signal the end of the world. Thinking they would soon be in heaven, early Christians saw no need to develop political interests. They were also uninterested in science and philosophy and remained indifferent to much that went on around them. Their chief concern was salvation through faith.
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Augustine: Between Two Worlds Aurelius Augustine (354-430) has been described as “a colossus bestriding two
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2008 for the course 3600 101 taught by Professor Carpenter during the Fall '08 term at The University of Akron.

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