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Our Patron

St. Thomas Aquinas is our special patron because of his courageous piety and unwavering search for the truth. St. Thomas emphasized that reason and faith can never contradict each other because these two modes of knowing are grounded in the person of Jesus Christ as Creator and Redeemer of the world.

Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas

Our society needs the common sense philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas in order to reject the false problems that plague our society and the false philosophy from which they arise. For example, whereas most modern philosophies begin with doubt and the question of whether anything that we experience is real, St. Thomas insisted that a reasonable person must embrace the reality of reality. 

Both as a human being and as a Christian, St. Thomas had confidence that the world and everything in it was created by God according to His plan. As part of His plan, human beings were created to be the sorts of creatures who are in contact with reality through the senses and through the created ability of the human mind to interpret and understand sensory data. Our students need to develop this kind of confidence in the goodness of God and the reality of Creation as part of the antidote to the errors of sectarian humanism, which include moral relativism, nominalism, scientific or material reductionism, and the like.

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St. Thomas believed that, given enough time to evaluate evidence and engage in rational arguments, the human mind could rise to the level of understanding a great number of things about Creation, human nature, human society, and even about Almighty God. One of the obvious problems, however, is that even though human flourishing depends on understanding a great number of things about the world, it is clear that not everyone has sufficient time, inclination, or talent to follow every argument to its correct conclusion. There are also questions and subjects that are beyond the ability of the human mind to grasp, no matter how long or hard it thought about it. Thus, St. Thomas taught that Almighty God chose to reveal two types of things to humankind: 1) the mysteries that are necessary for salvation but that are beyond the human mind to grasp on its own; and 2) the knowledge that is necessary for human beings to flourish in this world and that is within the ability of the human mind to grasp on its own, but that Almighty God chose to reveal anyway, so that everyone could have access to it.

At Aquinas Academy, we strive to teach our students to know and understand what Almighty God has revealed; to develop their reason so as to be able to grasp the truth of things; to develop their heart so that they may more easily recognize beauty and goodness; and to develop their will so that they are able to exercise self-control. St. Thomas Aquinas was a wonderful personal example of all three qualities, and his teaching was aimed at encouraging others to develop them as well.