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A 24 page paper that begins with a biography of Thomas Aquinas. The paper then discusses Aquinas' proofs for the existence of God found in his Summa Theologica. The writer comments on the Orthodox Church's dismissal of Aquinas' work. The paper concludes with a discussion of the influence of Aquinas' work then and now. Footnotes and an Annotated Bibliography of 20 sources is included in the page count.
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father was Count Landulf of Roccasecca in Naples.2 Landulfs brother, Sinibald, was abbot of the original Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino.3 The family planned to have Thomas follow in his
uncles footsteps, taking his position at the monastery.4 The family played an influential role in the turbulent political life of the early thirteenth century Italy.5 At the time, Frederick
II and Pope Gregory IX were at war with each other.6 In fact, in 1839, the Pope excommunicated Frederick because Frederick had initiated an invasion of the Papal States.7
That invasion was part of Fredericks offensive against the Lombard communes.8 This was the first of many conflicts between ecclesiastical and civil authority Thomas lived through.9 It was the very
conflicts that had such an impact on Thomas thinking and these conflicts played a major role in his subsequent voluminous theological writings .10 When Thomas was 5, he began
his formal schooling a Monte Cassino monastery.11 Because the monasterys location on a hill offered a military advantages, it soon became unsafe as the Pope and Frederick continued their conflict.12
Thomas was moved and enrolled in the University of Naples.13 It was there that he first met members of the Order of the Dominicans, also called the Order of Preachers.14
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."15 Thomas was very attracted to
the ideals of the Dominicans and joined the order in 1244 when he was 19 years old.16 His family was not pleased, in fact, when traveling to Rome, Thomas was
basically kidnapped by his brothers and brought back to the familys castle of San Giovanni for a year during which time the family tried to persuade him to follow the