CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Medieval and Renaissance Nonfiction and Philosophy

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Example Question #221 : Clep: Humanities

Which of the following was NOT a feature of Thomas Aquinas' philosophy?

Possible Answers:

A rejection of previous philosophy

References to Aristotle

Logical arguments for Christian belief

Use of the Christian Bible

References to Saint Augustine

Correct answer:

A rejection of previous philosophy


Thomas Aquinas, the preeminent medieval Catholic philosopher and theologian, is best known for the massive Summa Theologiœ, which in Latin means "a summation of theology." Aquinas sought to summarize Christian scriptures, classical philosophy like that of Aristotle, and Christian theology like that of Augustine. Thomas Aquinas was attempting to unify all previous thought in the Western tradition to make logical and rational arguments for Christian doctrine.

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