Thomas Aquinas was a 13th-century Christian scholar. He was the most respect and influential philosopher and theological of the medieval era.
And he was no fan of the Islamic faith or the highly questionable history of Mohammed himself.
Aquinas’ writings are even more useful today as he describes the principles of Islam to appeal only to tough and ignorant men who – instead of winning arguments and relying on God’s peaceful grace – spread by the power of the sword!
Aquinas studied the existence of human beings on Earth, and was well versed in what the top Muslim philosophers of the days wrote… including Algazel, Avicenna, and Averroes. He started correspondence will all of them in a time much closer to when Mohammed lived.
In one of his most significant works, the voluminous Summa contra gentiles, which Aquinas wrote between 1258 and 1264 AD, the scholar argued for the truth of Christianity against other belief systems, including Islam.
Aquinas contrasts the spread of Christianity with that of Islam, arguing that much of Christianity’s early success stemmed from widespread belief in the miracles of Jesus, whereas the spread of Islam was worked through the promise of sensual pleasures and the violence of the sword.
Mohammad, Aquinas wrote, “seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure.”
Such an offer, Aquinas contended, appealed to a certain type of person of limited virtue and wisdom.
“In all this, as is not unexpected, he was obeyed by carnal men,” he wrote. “As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity.”
Because of the weakness of Islam’s contentions, Aquinas argued, “no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning.” Instead, those who believed in him “were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Muhammad forced others to become his followers by the violence of his arms.”
Islam is so violent that Aquainas couldn’t take the faith seriously. After all, you don’t need force if your arguments are correct.
Instead, force is used only by evil.
As Aquainas opined, “Mohammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.”
As so much of Islam draws from Christian writings, the religion was actually considered a Christian heresy. Aquainas added, Islam “perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law.”
Later, he concluded it was “a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place any faith in his words believe foolishly.”
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