We must love them both —
those whose opinions we share
and those whose opinions we reject,
for both have labored in the search for truth,
and both have helped us in finding it.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was born in southern Italy, entered the Dominican Order, and studied under St. Albert the Great at Cologne. He introduced into the study of philosophy and theology the method of carefully weighing opposing points of view before deciding where the preponderance of evidence lay and adapted the philosophy of the pagan Aristotle to the service of Christian theology. His masterwork was the Summa Theologica, but he never finished the work, for after a mystical experience he said: “All that I have written seems to me like so much straw after what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.”