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A 20 page paper that consists of four sections: Biography, Historical Context, Ethical Concerns, and Contributions, Influence and Application. The biographical sketch includes Aquinas' birth, education, his choices and what his family did, his activities as a Dominican and other information and, finally, his death. The writer includes comments on why Thomas suddenly stopped writing. The essay then discusses the historical, political and religious context in which Aquinas was born, studied and worked, including some of the conflicts at the time. The essay discusses how Thomas perceived human acts and the criteria for goodness. The section on his contributions and influence briefly describes his Summa Theologica as well as his influence during his life and today, such as the unity he brought to the Church. Bibliography lists 20 sources.
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mother was Countess Theadora of Theate, some refer to her as Countess of Teano (Kennedy, 2006), related to the Hohenstaufen dynasty of Holy Roman emperors; his father was Count Landulf
of Roccasecca in Naples (OrthodoxWiki, 2006), also simply referred to as Count of Aquino (Kennedy, 2006). The family was related to "the Kings of Aragon, Castile, and France" (Kennedy, 2006).
Aquinas father was also related to Frederick II, who was the emperor of Sicily. Landulfs brother, Sinibald, was abbot of the original Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino (OrthodoxWiki, 2006). The
family planned to have Thomas follow in his uncles footsteps, taking his position at the monastery (OrthodoxWiki, 2006). When Thomas was 5, he began his formal schooling at
Monte Cassino monastery with the Benedictine monks (Kennedy, 2006; McKerny, 2002). Because the monasterys location on a hill that offered a military advantages, it soon became unsafe as the Pope
and Frederick continued their conflict (McKerny, 2002). However, another version of Aquinas life is that his devotion and brilliance were recognized early and the Abbott believed he should be exposed
to higher levels of training (Kennedy, 2006). Thomas was moved and enrolled in the University of Naples but he soon surpassed his preceptors in grammar and was put under the
tutelage of Peter of Ireland to study logic and natural sciences (Kennedy, 2006; McKerny, 2002). It was there that he first met members of the Order of the Dominicans, also
called the Order of Preachers (McKerny, 2002). The Dominicans were like the Franciscans in that they were a mendicant order wherein the friars "vowed to live faithfully in poverty, chastity
and obedience (McKerny, 2002). Thomas was very attracted to the ideals of the Dominicans and joined the order in 1244 when he was 19 years old (McKerny, 2002). His