Objective: Book 1, Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas : Chapter 1, On God from the Summa Theologica provides information on the history of the Summa Theologica, background information about Thomas Aquinas, and information about the time period in which Aquinas lived. The objective of this lesson is to discuss this information.
1) Class Discussion: What is discussed in this introduction?
Small Group Activity: Research the time period in which this book was written. What was life like? What technology existed? What nations and empires were powerful? How else was the world and life different in the 1200s?
Class Discussion: Share the students' research and create a graphic organizer. How might Aquinas and his philosophical and theological work be affected by his culture? How did the Arabian culture at the time affect him and his work?
Homework: What aspects of our own culture might challenge Aquinas' work? Why?
Objective: In Book...
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