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Thomas Aquinas on Islam
Catholic ^ | 3/7/11 | Brad Birzer

Posted on 03/08/2011 7:12:39 AM PST by marshmallow

At the risk of being presumed rather caustic–especially considering the heinous acts perpetrated against the Copts this past weekend–I offer this tidbit from St. Thomas Aquinas on Islam.

On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this. The point is clear in the case of Mohammed. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teachings also contain precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure.

In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the contrary, Mohammed said that he was sent in the power of his arms—which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.

What is more, no wise man, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning. Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms. . . . he perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity.

It is thus clear that those who place any faith in his words believe foolishly.—

Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, Chapters 6 (trans. Anton C Pegis, University of Notre Dame Press, 1975, pp. 73-75)

The atrocities being committed against our Christian brethren in the Middle East demand some response, even if prayer and prayer alone. Certainly, neither the media nor the current presidential administration seem too upset by these particular violent events.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History; Islam; Theology
KEYWORDS: aquinas; catholic; isis; islam; mohammed; mohammedanism; muslim; muslims; rop; thomasaquinas; wot

1 posted on 03/08/2011 7:12:44 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Thanks for the post.

2 posted on 03/08/2011 7:15:53 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: marshmallow
My thanks too.


3 posted on 03/08/2011 7:21:15 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: marshmallow

Wow! St Thomas hits the nail right on the head again!

4 posted on 03/08/2011 7:50:14 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!

5 posted on 03/08/2011 7:51:54 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: marshmallow

Just to let you know, I am sending on your post to my local papers. Not that I expect to see them printed, butt who knows. ;-)

Thanks. the blessings of the Lord be upon you.

6 posted on 03/08/2011 8:59:53 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: RobbyS; Judith Anne; PadreL; Morpheus2009; saveliberty; fabrizio; Civitas2010; Radagast the Fool; ..

Hilarie Belloc expanded on this during his time period

Belloc wrote...

The decay of a religion involves the decay of the culture corresponding to it-we see that most clearly in the breakdown of Christendom today. The bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final fruit in the dissolution of our ancestral doctrine- the very structure of our society is dissolving.

There is nothing inherent to Mohammedanism to make it incapable of modern science and modern war. Indeed the matter is not worth discussing. It should be self-evident to anyone who has seen the Mohammedan culture at work. That culture happens to have fallen back in material applications; there is no reason whatever why it should not learn its new lesson and become our equal in all those temporal things which now give us our superiority over it_whereas in we have fallen inferior to it. -Hilarie Belloc

7 posted on 03/08/2011 10:53:24 AM PST by stfassisi ((The greatest gift God gives us is that of overcoming self"-St Francis Assisi)))
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To: marshmallow

St. Thomas was right.

How can we forget these truths about Islam and its followers?

It grieved me to see people holding up signs in NYC saying “I am a Muslim today.” Do they really want to be violent carnal men, even for a day?

8 posted on 03/08/2011 2:20:47 PM PST by Palladin (Obama, go back to Hawaii! Better yet, go back to Kenya!!)
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To: marshmallow

Thomas Aquinas had it right, and so does Geert Wilders.

An interview with Wilders about Islam and Cultural Relativism:

9 posted on 03/08/2011 2:29:15 PM PST by Palladin (Obama, go back to Hawaii! Better yet, go back to Kenya!!)
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To: Pyro7480

Aquinas knew his stuff.

St. Thomas, pray for our Christian brethren in the Middle East.

10 posted on 03/08/2011 2:57:54 PM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: marshmallow; All
St Thomas

You Nailed It!
Nailed It !

11 posted on 03/08/2011 3:16:34 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: marshmallow; IrishCatholic; kassie; Raquel; Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; ...
Amen to that!

Whenever I broach the subject, even from fellow Catholics or Christians, that Jesus said, "Anyone who wants to know the truth must come through me..." I am often met with contempt.

How do people not see the truth right in front of their eyes? (I know... I know...)

Have a blessed Lent!

12 posted on 03/09/2011 4:07:55 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: marshmallow

Excellent Ash Wednesday post, thank you Marshmallow.

13 posted on 03/09/2011 4:12:50 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Newt Gingrich, he would rather sit on a couch with Nancy Pelosi, than stand with Sarah Palin.)
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