This section is generally organized around the topics as presented in the Summa theologiae. The reason for this is simple: it is chiefly here that Aquinas offers his unique synthesis, in which all disciplines are unified.
Under each of the following headings, please find relevant problems posed and solutions offered.
- “In what ways can Thomists learn from modern developments in mathematical logic and set theory?” Sign in to answer this question.
Thomistic Divisions of Knowledge and Its Objects
- “Does the knowledge derived from contemporary academic disciplines, from physics to sociology, render obsolete the Thomistic division of knowledge and its objects?” Sign in to answer this question.
Theology as a Scientia
- “Are the modern disciplines (physics, biology, history, psychology, etc.) sciences (scientiae) in the Aristotelian sense?” Sign in to answer this question.
Interpretation of Revelation (Scripture and Tradition)
- “Does modern critical exegesis of scripture undermine the use of scripture as authoritative in speculative matters?” Sign in to answer this question.
- “Is the Thomistic account of scripture’s reliability compatible with the results of the contemporary study of the Ancient Near East? Or does such study reveal that scripture cannot be read to imply that events like the Exodus actually took place?” Sign in to answer this question.
- “Did the Exodus from Egypt happen in any way as recorded in scripture? If so, how can the archaeological and historical evidence be harmonized with the story scripture tells, e.g. the lack of physical remains on the Sinai peninsula in the appropriate period?” Sign in to answer this question.
The One God
The Blessed Trinity
- “Is the Thomistic account of creation compatible with the account of the natural world given by the contemporary empirical sciences?” Answered by Brandon Zimmerman (Good Shepherd Seminary, Papua New Guinea).
- “Is Aristotle’s account of time as the measure of change compatible with the current understanding in physics of space-time? Does this reveal anything about relativity theory and the physical world?” Sign in to answer this question.
- “Does human life begin at conception or, as St. Thomas thought, does it begin at some later time?” Sign in to answer this question.
- “Thomistic hylomorphism is often ‘sold’ to contemporary audiences as the best solution to contemporary problems in the philosophy of mind. But is Thomistic hylomorphism compatible with contemporary physics? For if not, then it’s a non-starter.” Answered by James Madden and Andrew Jaeger (Benedictine College).
- “Is history a science in the Aristotelian sense?” Answered by Timothy Kearns (Editorial Director).
The Government of Creatures
Humanity’s Last End
Vice and Sin
Acts Which Pertain to Certain Persons
The Life of Christ
The Holy Eucharist
Relationships with the Eastern Churches
Relationships among Catholics and Protestants
Relationships to Other Religions