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marriage the greatest human friendship?
« on: September 22, 2020, 07:34:03 PM »
Marriage itself is the greatest human friendship:Summa contra Gentiles lib. 3 cap. 123 [6]:
Quote from: St. Thomas Aquinas
there seems to be the greatest friendship between husband and wife, for they are united not only in the act of fleshly union, which produces a certain gentle association even among beasts, but also in the partnership of the whole range of domestic activity.
 
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Re: marriage the greatest human friendship?
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2020, 08:34:54 PM »
Did St. Thomas write anything about twins?
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Re: marriage the greatest human friendship?
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2020, 11:42:48 PM »
Did St. Thomas write anything about twins?
Yes, he used the word "geminus" frequently.
What specifically are you wondering what he thought about twins?

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 10:15:13 PM »
Thanks for the informative link.

In this section St. Thomas is writing about the reasons why marriage is indissoluble. He asks, "What sort of friendship should there be in marriage?" and answers "the greatest." And therefore that is one of the reasons why marriage is indissoluble.

The title of the thread perhaps accidentally gives the impression that he is comparing friendship in marriage to other sorts of friendship, which is not what he's doing in this section.

He says that between man and wife there should be "maxima amicitia." But he doesn't make any ranking of that maximum friendship compared to others.
 
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2020, 10:30:16 AM »
What specifically are you wondering what he thought about twins?

In regards to this topic of the greatest human friendship.
“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.”
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Re: marriage the greatest human friendship?
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2020, 02:02:20 PM »
In regards to this topic of the greatest human friendship.
Why would twins necessarily be friends?

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Re: marriage the greatest human friendship?
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2020, 07:25:20 PM »
Thanks for this Geremia.