Evaluation and Significance
At various times St. Thomas Aquinas has been ridiculed for being “Aristotle baptized.” To his detractors, Aquinas forced Aristotle to fit into his own Christian assumptions about nature and morality. Some of this kind of criticism is inevitable. After all, the ideas of Aristotle's naturalism and Aquinas's Christianity are not the same. Nonetheless, the two philosophers agreed on more matters than they disagreed. Aquinas sought to combine reason and revolution and the resulting fit was a good one, save for those instances where reason did not bear fruit and only Scripture could be trusted.