Born 384 B.C.; died 322 B.C. Greek philosopher, one of history's most
influential thinkers. He left an indellible mark on Christendom; his
philosophy having great influence on theologians.
The Knights of Columbus correspondence course, Lesson 10, admits that
some of Aristotle's principles are followed today in the Roman Catholic
The scholastics, the greatest of whom was St. Thomas Aquinas, treated
theology from a philosophical rather than a Biblical point of view. The
date of revelation was organized systematically, using Aristotlian
deductiuve logic; Biblical truth was harmonized with the newly discovered
philosophy of Aristotle.
Aristotle's concept of "essence" and "appearance" was used by Thomas
Aquinas in his explanation of the "substance" and "accidents" of the Host
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