American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An island of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the West Indies east of Puerto Rico. Discovered and named by Columbus in 1493, it was settled by the Dutch in 1657 and later passed to the Danes, who sold it to the United States in 1917.
- n. the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes
- n. (Roman Catholic Church) Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church who is remembered for his attempt to reconcile faith and reason in a comprehensive theology; presented philosophical proofs of the existence of God (1225-1274)
“Saint Thomas Aquinas refers to him, and Dante men - tions him as the person who wrote the great commen - tary (il gran commento).”
“In his Commen - tary on Aristotle's Metaphysics Saint Thomas Aquinas defines metaphysics as the science which investigates the most intelligible things, that is to say, the most universal principles.”
“ He calmed the priest by pointing out that even Saint Thomas had written that sexual relief and prostitution were required.”
“The permanent character as well as the further development of casuistry was deeply influenced by the ethical doctrines of Saint Thomas Aquinas which are set out in the second part of his Summa theologica.”
“Quite justly Corbin has called Ṣadr al-Dīn Shīrāzī, whom many Persians consider as the greatest Islamic philoso - pher, a combination of a Saint Thomas and a Jacob”
“My father, for reasons that should be obvious, had the chapel rededicated to Saint Thomas the Apostle, but that subterfuge had little effect and the chapel remained a focus for those objecting to reform of the Church.”
“+ Besides these great collections, Migne printed a large number of the writings of single important theological authors, in complete editions, e.g. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Teresa, Cardinal”
“Saint Thomas and the medieval philosophers follow Aristotle in assigning to metaphysics the status of ruler of all the other sciences as directed to one end, and for Kant this legislation as a regulative guide constitutes the very essence of philosophy.”
“In metaphysics he established the ontology which characterizes medieval philosophy and left a profound mark upon Saint Thomas and especially Duns”
“The opinion of ancient writers that this person was the Apostle Saint Thomas is now universally rejected, and the most probable explanation of the identity of Quetzalcoatl is that he was an Icelandic or Norse priest of the tenth of eleventh century, who, on one of their bold voyages of adventure, accidentally discovered this new land or, shipwrecked in the Gulf, drifted to the coast of Pánuco.”
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