800 Yrs Ago Thomas Aquinas Warned Us About Islam – It’s Even More Relevant Today!

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President Obama is always mischaracterizing American history to give Islam a boost.

As recently as this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, the President, once again, attempted to elevate Islam’s importance in the founding of America.

But, once again he was completely wrong in his interpretation of history; reciting instead CAIR propaganda “talking points.”

If we really want to get historical perspective on Islam’s influence and contribution (or non-contribution) to western civilization, there is one scholar who has already given a thorough evaluation of the matter.

St. Thomas Aquinas lived in the 13th century and is still accepted as one of the west’s leading scholars on things pertaining to religion.

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Breitbart explains Aquinas’ position on Islam:

The 13th-century scholar Thomas Aquinas, regarded as one of the most eminent medieval philosophers and theologians, offered a biting critique of Islam based in large part on the questionable character and methods of its founder, Mohammed.

According to Aquinas, Islam appealed to ignorant, brutish, carnal men and spread not by the power of its arguments or divine grace but by the power of the sword.

Aquinas, a keen observer of the human condition, was familiar with the chief works of the Muslim philosophers of his day–including Avicenna, Algazel, and Averroes–and engaged them in his writings.

Since Islam was founded and spread in the seventh century, Aquinas—considered by Catholics as a saint and doctor of the Church—lived in a period closer to that of Mohammed than to our own day.

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 had a unique perspective on the spread and influence of Islam that modern scholars no longer have – he living during the time Islam was still seeking to take over Europe.

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And, he lived during the Crusades and saw the clash of both Christianity and Islam play out right before his eyes.

Breitbart has more:

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.”

So, as Aquinas pointed out, Islam appealed to those who had a lust for power, bloodshed, and carnal pleasures – hardly divine motivations for devotion.

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And, what did Aquinas think about Islamic Jihad – spreading the religion of Islam at the point of a sword (or scimitar as the case may be)?  Breitbart explains:

Islam’s violent methods of propagation were especially unconvincing to Aquinas, since he found that the use of such force does not prove the truth of one’s claims, and are the means typically used by evil men.

“Mohammad said that he was sent in the power of his arms,” Aquinas wrote, “which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants.”

At the time Aquinas was writing, Islam was generally considered a Christian heresy, since it drew so heavily on Christian texts and beliefs. Aquinas wrote that Mohammed “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.”

According to the noted historian Hilaire Belloc, Islam “began as a heresy, not as a new religion. It was not a pagan contrast with the Church; it was not an alien enemy. It was a perversion of Christian doctrine. Its vitality and endurance soon gave it the appearance of a new religion, but those who were contemporary with its rise saw it for what it was—not a denial, but an adaptation and a misuse, of the Christian thing.”

Many modern Christian and Jewish scholars agree – Mohammad borrowed heavily from both Judaism and Christianity, but then twisted and perverted those teachings into shaping Islam into what it became.

Sadly, we see Aquinas’ evaluation of the religion playing out in the world today.  Despite Obama’s insistence to the contrary, Islam is still a violent, blood-thirsty religion given the fact that virtually all of the acts of terror being committed now world-wide are from radical Islamic terrorists as we reported here.

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The left-wing national media may be attempting to hid  this fact by calling people who tie these terror acts to the religion – “Islamophobic”, but that doesn’t change the facts one bit.

And, creating some new phony malady to masque the inherent violence in Islam does nothing to comfort the thousands of victims of its senseless violence all across the planet.

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Maybe more people should have listened to Aquinas centuries ago?  Perhaps this violent plague on humanity could have been curtailed then and millions of innocent people wouldn’t have been murdered in the name of Islam’s “god.”

Russ Hepler

About Russ Hepler

Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author and conference speaker with over 30 years’ experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition and president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day.