Essay Topic 1
St. Thomas Aquinas' work was severely challenged by powerful Arabian philosophy.
Part 1) How did Arabian philosophy become so powerful? Why did it challenge Aquinas' own philosophies?
Part 2) How did Aquinas deal with such challenges to his own philosophies? What aspects about his upbringing and personality aid him in this?
Part 3) What other philosophies and thinkers challenged Aquinas? Why? How does he handle these disagreements in this book? How does this affect the way that he expresses his ideas?
Essay Topic 2
Aquinas discusses the existence of God.
Part 1) What does Aquinas say about God? How are his philosophies affected by his view of God?
Part 2) How do his beliefs about God reflect and reinforce the importance of the soul and the spiritual work conducted by an individual during his or her lifetime?
Part 3) Aquinas believes Scripture can be used as evidence. Do you agree? Why or why...
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