A-Z: General definitions: Thomas Aquinas


(c. 1225-74) An enormously influential medieval philosopher, thinker and theologian whose work had influence on later Roman Catholic thought. He joined the Dominican order in 1244 and lectured in Paris and Italy. Extensive writings include commentaries on Aristotle and on the scriptures; also produced Summa contra Gentiles 'Defence of the Faith against the Pagans' and Summa Theologica 'Compendium of Theology'.

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