Perfect Happiness and St. Thomas Aquinas Analytical Essay by Scholar13

Perfect Happiness and St. Thomas Aquinas
This paper explores the theology of St. Aquinas and discusses the concept of perfect happiness.
# 115698 | 1,818 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 09, 2009 in Philosophy (Religion) , Religion and Theology (General)

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In this article, the essence of "perfect happiness" is explored thoroughly from the perspective of St. Aquinas and the 'Suma Theologiae' (speculative theology). The writer notes that perfect happiness is almost metamorphically redefined throughout the entire discussion. The introduction echoes a link between perfect happiness and material things or persons. The writer discusses that this type of happiness can be observed as a form of happiness, however Aquinas would argue that such happiness is synthetic. The essence of perfect happiness is what Aquinas urges the faithfully Christian to seek. The writer points out that according to Aquinas, God is the essence of happiness and therefore total contemplation of God can only birth perfect happiness. To attain perfect happiness there are vital stipulations. Nevertheless, God has given us grace, which works with the intellect and strengthens our capacity for natural to supernatural. The writer concludes that in the end, the attainment of perfect happiness is available.

From the Paper:

"Behind the veil there is a greater work at play, in particular the role of grace and the attainment of perfect happiness. Perfect happiness occurs when one contemplates God totally. When contemplating God, one begins to see God for what God really is, thereby experiencing authentic happiness. Aquinas begins by presenting a counter argument concerning human limitations. The senses are limited to the material world. God is not of the material world, but of a world that transcends the material world. If this is the case, happiness is unattainable to the human being. The distinction here rests between the human's natural ends and supernatural ends. In addition, the objection to the attainment of happiness conveys the humans' natural ends."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt, Holy Teaching: Introducing the Summa Theologiae of St. Aquinas (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2005), 117.

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