St. Thomas says, quite straightforwardly, that he himself believes this world has a beginning and end; because such seems to be the teaching of the Church; the validity of which mystical message to ma

St. Thomas says, quite straightforwardly, that he himself believes this world has a beginning and end; because such seems to be the teaching of the Church; the validity of which mystical message to mankind he defends elsewhere with dozens of quite different arguments. ….But Aquinas says he sees no particular reason, in reason, why this world should not be a world without end; or even without beginning. And he is quite certain that, if it were entirely without end or beginning, there would still be exactly the same logical need of a Creator. Anybody who does not see that, he gently implies, does not really understand what is meant by a Creator. (“The Permanent Philosophy”; p. 9) Read this excerpt from G. K. Chesterton’s “The Permanent Philosophy.” Then, explain how St. Thomas Aquinas reconciles faith and reason based on this excerpt. Your answer should be at least 150 words.

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