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Thomism \Tho"mism\, Thomaism \Tho"ma*ism\, n. (Eccl. Hist.) The doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, esp. with respect to predestination and grace.


Thomism is the philosophical school that arose as a legacy of the work and thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274), philosopher, theologian, and Doctor of the Church. In philosophy, his disputed questions and commentaries on Aristotle are perhaps his most well-known works. In theology, his Summa Theologica is one of the most influential documents in medieval theology and continues to be the central point of reference for the philosophy and theology of the Catholic Church. In the encyclical Doctoris Angelici Pope Pius X cautioned that the teachings of the Church cannot be understood without the basic philosophical underpinnings of Thomas' major theses:

The Second Vatican Council described Thomas's system as the "Perennial Philosophy".

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Without anticipating the elementary sketch of Thomism that must be made later, the following points may be noted here.

No Thomist will complain, if Thomism is the end of our philosophy, in the sense in which God is the end of our existence.

VI THE APPROACH TO THOMISM The fact that THOMISM is the philosophy of common sense is itself a matter of common sense.

In other words, the nineteenth century left everything in chaos: and the importance of Thomism to the twentieth century is that it may give us back a cosmos.

Little Magazines and founder of leagues for nudism, Thomism, cricket and the black mass.

Yet Molina taught, in regard to grace, a doctrine very different from Thomism, and was followed by the bulk of his order.