The Italian Kingdom Of Sicily

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The year is 1375 and the setting is the Italian Kingdom of Sicily. The Medieval era is drawing to a close. In addition, I am literate and study the writings of great religious thinkers that influence the world today. The late Medieval period witnessed the rise of the religious movement which was lead by Thomas Aquinas who invented the Thomistic way of thought which was based around Medieval scholasticism. He revolutionized the catholic church beginning in 1245 when he moved to Paris and studied under Albertus the Great.

I am a monk who studies in a monastery similar to one that Thomas Aquinas studied in his earlier years. I, like Aquinas, was originally a Benedictine monk who realized the wrongs associated with living an opulent lifestyle
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His mindset was based around the fact that there is another dimension that contains the perfect form of everything. This mindset is very difficult to understand and “see” because it involves a lot of conceptualization which is hard to prove correct or incorrect (Journal Class 2). This is why I, like Thomas Aquinas try to see the world through a realistic lens created by Aristotle. Aristotle studied under Plato at his school but disagreed with his theory of forms when he said that “Knowledge is through sensory perceptions” (Thomas Aquinas Youtube). He believed that we know things because we experience them (Journal Class 3). This concept is much easier to understand and is typically a more practical view of the world around us. Thomas Aquinas build off of this idea when he said that “Grace perfects nature.”

I have been studying the phrase by Thomas Aquinas that “Grace perfects nature” and have come to the conclusion that nature is the world around us that we feel and experience things like Aristotle said that we do and Grace is the power of God, which is all around us. The Thomistic way of thought claims that we can use our experiences in life to prove Gods existence. The laws of nature help to support God and the power that he provides (Tarnas: The Quest of Thomas Aquinas). Thomas Aquinas likes categories like Aristotle and divided our thoughts into two distinct categories, Preambles and Mysteries. Preambles are known by nature and past
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