Today we talked about the medieval period - thousand years or so of history we're going to be studying.
We also had a look at a couple of St. Thomas Aquinas' articles on angels in relation to location. We start with what is a fairly obscure theological question, and soon find ourselves thinking about how souls connect to bodies, how human bodies are produced, and theories of causation. That's often how it is in Medieval philosophy. But notice also how Aquinas writes: he's so careful to include other philosophers, as well as the Christian tradition. Faced with a problem, his instinct is to make a distinction. That - here's my take - is necessary if you're going to take on the project of showing that ancient philosophy and Christian doctrine, pagan reason and Christian faith, can be in agreement. And that, of course, is the medieval project.