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Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Profession: Saint


Biography: Immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, Tomas of Aquinas was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism. He is considered the Church's greatest theologian and philosopher.

His most famous work the "Summa Theologica", left unfinished at his death, is a instructional compendium of theological teachings of the Catholic Church.

Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy

Died: March 7, 1274

Historical Events

  • 1273-12-06 Thomas Aquinas is thought to have a mystical experience in Naples, refuses to continue his work "I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me"
  • 1323-07-18 Pope John XXII proclaims theologian Thomas Aquinas a saint in Avignon

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