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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Question II, The Existence of God, how many articles does Aquinas cover the self-evidence of God, addresses difficulties posed by conditions that cannot be demonstrated, and demonstrable proof of God's existence?
2. Who translated the book?
3. Aquinas' work was severely challenged by what?
4. Which of these men of Athens is the youngest?
5. Is created truth eternal, according to Aquinas?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Aquinas say about God's action and essence?
2. Who is Damascene?
3. What does Aquinas say about potentiality and actuality?
4. Who writes the introduction? What is assumed by the translation of this book?
5. What is said in response to the question of whether truth resides only in the intellect?
6. What does Aquinas say about God's omnipotence?
7. What is said about whether the intellectual principle is united to the body as its form?
8. Does God will sin or evil?
9. What is said about angels?
10. The sixth article takes up the matter of the puzzle of whether the human soul is corruptible or incorruptible. What does Aquinas say about this?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is discussed whether the intellectual principle is multiplied according to the number of bodies.
Part 1) How does this continue to discussion from number 10? What does this have to do with agents and actions? How successful is Aquinas at supporting his belief about the intellectual principle? Why?
Part 2) What does Aquinas think of individuating qualities? How is this connected to Jesus and forgiveness?
Part 3) What does Aquinas think of the idea of many souls? Why? What are your thoughts on this?
Essay Topic 2
A lot is said about man who is composed of a spiritual and a corporeal substance.
Part 1) What is meant to have spiritual substance and corporeal substance? How is this idea of two substances supported by Aquinas?
Part 2) How does this belief in both substances relate to the soul? How do these substances affect the soul's corruptibility? Why?
Part 3) How might a reader's knowledge today of biology and neuroscience affect one's ability to believe Aquinas' ideas?
Essay Topic 3
The question is raised whether the intellectual principle is united to the body as it pertains to form.
Part 1) What are the objections given to this? How does Aquinas feel about this question? Why? How does it support and continue his beliefs previously discussed?
Part 2) How might Aquinas' writings about this topic be confusing? How might his writing differ if he lived today? Why?
Part 3) What are your beliefs about the union between the body and soul? How does it compare to Aquinas?
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