St. Thomas on religion and morality

The Maverick Philosopher discusses whether religious faith offers the only real basis for morality, i.e can one consistently affirm good morals and deny the existence of God? Mr. Vallicella made a distinction in the question and left it unanswered, which left me thinking how St. Thomas would respond to the question.

St. Thomas argues something far more radical than the said proposition, because for him the denial of the existence of God would involve not only a denial of morality, but also of motion, causality, contingency, any degree of any perfection or goodness or truth, any determination of natural motions, and even the real existence of anything– from the galaxy to the billionth part of a hydrogen electron.

St. Thomas also understands the union between God and the moral life in a more profound way, because for St. Thomas God does more than ground the moral life: union with God himself is the ultimate end and goal of human life. Aristotle would agree with inasmuch as union with God is that for the sake of which all things do whatever is possible or them to do (De Anima, 415b).

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