Instructional Video

Philosophy - Thomas Aquinas

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The patron saint of teachers, Thomas Aquinas, believed in the importance of knowledge and expanding one's mind. A brief analysis of St. Thomas and his accomplishments, views, and contributions to Western civilization lends well to any classroom full of young thinkers and intellectual explorers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a lesson about the relationship between religion and science during the medieval period
  • Have learners apply Thomas Aquinas' theories to modern political and religious clashes
Classroom Considerations
  • Comment section is available to the public
  • Addresses aspects and includes animations of Christian faith as they relate to scientific discoveries; be sure that your class can engage in mature conversations about sensitive topics
  • Includes a picture of Osama bin Laden when discussing extremism in the Islamic faith
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Differentiates between eternal and natural law
  • Video is engaging and explanatory
  • None