Essay heading: Medieval Disputation

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Divine revelation can provide these truths, because human reason cannot discover them. God determines where people go after death, and to be saved; they need to understand his divine truth. "Therefore, in order that the salvation of men might be brought about more fitly and more surely, it was necessary that they should be taught divine truths by divine revelation...
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It was therefore necessary that besides philosophical science built up by reason, there should be a sacred science learned through revelation" (Summa Theologica). "On the contrary?" It is written by Al-Farabi in The Attainment of Happiness that "If they are known by imagining them through similitudes that imitate them, and assent to what is imagined of them is caused by persuasive methods, then the ancients call what compromises these cognitions religion?Therefore, according to the ancients, religion is an imitation of philosophy" (lines 9-14)...
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