When Socrates in his great piety stood before the jury at Athens and told them that he would prefer the commands of the God before the opinions of men; when Plato in his great chastity showed that the just life is intrinsically most desireable; when Aristotle who ordered all his works to the knowledge of God divided being into act and potency, and proceeded from them to show the nature of the first arke of all nature; when St. Thomas, saint that he was, showed that all being proceeds from a source that was completely simple and one in essence and existence; they showed that the first principles of nature are shown not to those who interrogate nature as though she were some criminal on the dock, but to those who love and praise nature and teach that all should live their lives according to her virtue and goodness.

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