The blessed souls remain fixed forevermore on the good:
The damned souls remain fixed forevermore on evil:
The souls in purgatory do not change their wills, either:
The reason why we cannot change from good to evil, or vice versa, after death:
The Last Judgment:
The cosmos after the Last Judgment:
St. Thomas wrote many books. Among them, the Summa Theologica and the Summa Contra Gentiles have the most-monumental status.
St. Thomas did not live to complete the Summa Theologica. He died while working on Part III, and his student completed the task, using St. Thomas’ earlier writings.
St. Thomas did, however, write the entire Summa Contra Gentiles himself. Book IV is the final book of the SCG. So: we have reached the conclusion of the most-monumental work of St. Thomas that he himself also reached.
Praise the good Lord.
Reading Book IV aloud has done me enormous good. Hopefully it has done you some good, too, dear reader/listener.
Not sure when I will record more podcasts, or what they will include. Let me know if you have any thoughts.
In the last part of this chapter, St. Thomas presents two cosmological arguments about the impossibility of an endless cycle of life and death for human beings.
Contemporary cosmologists would no doubt consider St. Thomas’ scientific ideas quaint. But I think he actually achieves a more-profound insight.
St. Thomas includes the perceiving mind within his overall conception of the cosmos. The mind or soul, which can know and understand, exists as a greater being than any material thing in motion, including the earth, sun, and moon–whose motions relative to each other give rise to our conception of time passing.