Tagged: Nature of Theology

Aquinas: Summa theologiae, Question 1,2

Thomas’ most significant work is his Summa theologiae or ‘summary of Theology,’ a gigantic work which attempts to present all of Christian theology as systematically as possible. Thomas worked on it from 1266 through 1273. Then, when he was nearly finished, he underwent an experience so intense that, as he himself explained, everything he had written seemed like straw. He completely stopped writing and died three months later. Thomas was canonized in 1323. The Summa theologiae is written in a form common to treatises of that age. All of theology is divided into its major topics. These, in turn, are...

Theologians

I find the work of theologians fascinating, because they reflect not only on ultimate questions for humankind, but also on the structure of our belief systems. Often, their motivation is the clarification or defense of a particular religion. They synthesize philosophy, psychology, and history into a unique view that claims to reflect ultimate reality.  What differentiates theologians from philosophers is the idea that there is another source of knowledge, besides what we can scientifically know about reality. This source of knowledge, revelation, is given to us in sacred scriptures, and requires the belief in the existence of God. For me,...