St. Thomas Aquinas & St Augustine Research Paper by hicaliber

St. Thomas Aquinas & St Augustine
A discussion regarding St. Thomas Aquinas versus St Augustine on the responsibilities of the state and the responsibilities of the ruler.
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This paper discusses how the Hebrew Scriptures were produced from the traditions of the ancient Israeli people, and that these scriptures fused moral, along with political injunctions as to how the state should create a just as well as a holy society, and defined the responsibilities of the leaders in relation to the people, as well as defined the citizen's relationship to the state. The paper goes on to say that Christianity, which is derived from Judaism, was spawned during a different political and historical point in Israeli history. The paper reviews how both the theologians St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, when examining the responsibilities of the state, the ruler and the ruled in the Christian world, would also offer two different portraits of this judicial relationship, in attempting to reconcile scriptural prescriptions about correct behavior.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aquinas. Thomas. The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas. New York: Free Press, 1997.
  • Augustine. Political Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • The New Oxford Annotated Student Bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 20031.

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