Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article

To: bdeaner
That's why paganism did not produce a scientific revolution -- their assumed cosmos were always chaotic due to the supposed capriciousness of the gods.

kosmos 1
I. order, kosmôi and kata kosmon in order, duly, Il., etc.; maps atar ou kata kosmon id=Il.; oudeni kosmôi in no sort of order, Hdt., attic
2. good order, good behaviour, decency, Aesch., Dem.
3. the form, fashion of a thing, Od., Hdt.
4. of states, order, government, Hdt., Thuc.

The recognition that Thomas is fundamentally an Aristotelian is not equivalent to the claim that Aristotle is the only influence on him. It is the claim that whatever Thomas takes on from other sources is held to be compatible with what he already holds in common with Aristotle.

- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Saint Thomas Aquinas

31 posted on 05/18/2009 10:56:32 PM PDT by dr_lew
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies ]


To: dr_lew

Aristotle was not a pagan! Nor did His work produce a scientific revolution; it did not fully realize itself until it became integrated with the Christian worldview.


35 posted on 05/18/2009 11:00:56 PM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies ]

To: dr_lew

I should clarify — a lot of folks call Aristotle a pagan, but by “pagan” I mean polytheism and the idea that the gods are within a cosmological order that has no inherent order. Aristotle was a monotheist who believed the universe did have an intrinsic order. But his philosophy lacked the cultural context to fully realize the scientific potential of his work. That potential, to be actualized, required Christianity.


41 posted on 05/18/2009 11:10:55 PM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Religion
Topics · Post Article


FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson