St. Thomas laid the intellectual groundwork for modern natural science — the absolute distinction between existence and essence.
I can describe anything you like in whatever detail you like, but you can’t know whether it exists or not merely by its description.
In my ongoing debate with biologist Jerry Coyne, frequent reference is made to Aquinas’ Five Ways, particularly to his Prime Mover argument.
Because the challenge is perennial, and because we’re not all philosophers, it’s good to come back to it from time to time.
Estranged from God, both art and science become incoherent babble, sliding toward an obsession with the prurient lure of triumphant evil.