Thomas Aquinas' Influence on the Catholic Church


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1. How were the teachings of Aristotle being used by some members of the clergy in Thomas Aquinas' day?

2. Why did Aquinas become a patron saint for educational endeavors?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet will help you assess your knowledge of how Thomas Aquinas defended the Church against Aristotelian logic by going into detail about the different views of the time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The Church's view on Aristotelian Logic
  • The philosophy of Averroism
  • Concepts of truth according to Aristotle and Plato
  • How Aquinas used Aristotle's argument to defend the church
  • Aquinas' impact on modern logic

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply the concept of logic to examine the church in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define logic and truth
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast Plato's and Aristotle's definitions of truth
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of logic to understand how Thomas Aquinas used this concept to defend the Church

Additional Learning

To learn more about Thomas Aquinas and the church, review the lesson on Thomas Aquinas' Defense of the Church. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss Plato's and Aristotle's definitions of truth and logic
  • Learn how the Church borrowed from Plato in its core philosophy
  • Explore how Thomas Aquinas protected the Church from the threat of Aristotelian logic
  • Analyze Aquinas's two most famous works
  • Examine how Aquinas created modern first-order logic