Vol. 7 No. 1 (2005)

Liberty of decision in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas

Pál Bolberitz
Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem

Published 01-05-2005

How to Cite

Bolberitz, P. (2005). Liberty of decision in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 7(1), 27–36. https://doi.org/10.1556/verb.7.2005.1.2


The recent crisis of Christianity is in close relation to the false interpretation of the concept on human dignity, related to the general public conviction and separated from the Perfect Goodness, that is God, Who designates man's dignity in the right use of the appropriately interpreted liberty. Therefore, man's misinterpreted dignity in the euphoria of its spurious glorification, is manifested in the separation of liberty of choice from the liberty of decision, the dismissals and ignorance of responsibility and commitment. Nevertheless, man's dignity is established in the likeness to the Divine, and the execution of liberty is ensured just by accomplishing the likeness to the Divine and following Christ's lead because only in this way is man able to properly express his similarity to the creating and governing, or rather redeeming God both in the form of free choice and decision, which is directed to God.