Recall that Aquinas--the 13th-century Dominican philosopher and theologian--was considered the Catholic "gold standard" in both fields until the 1950s--a period of nearly 7 centuries--when "modern" and then "post-modern" progressive Catholic philosophers relegated their classical forebears to the dustbin of scholarship. Simply "not relevant" for contemporary sensibilities.
That judgment may prove itself yet once again not true.
- the spread of Islam was worked through the promise of sensual pleasures;
- this promise appealed to a brutish type of person possessing limited virtue and wisdom;
- for those who didn't convert, the sword's violence provided the muster to convert infidels or face death with no sensual reward; and,
- to keep his followers faithful, Mohammed kept them ignorant.
Williams explicates each point here. It's well worth the read.
When it comes to this generation's radical Islamicists, it seems that not much has changed from the days of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Now, if only his natural law theory would be salvaged from the dustbin of scholarship. Associate Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas are certainly giving it the "old college try."
Let the discussion begin...
To read Thomas Williams' post over at Brietbart.com, click on the following link:
* - A "Tip of the Hat" to Andrew Rosenberger for alerting The Motley Monk to Williams' post.