more from Thomas Aquinas

Single Idea 4412

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / d. Heaven]

Full Idea

In order that the bliss of the saints may be more delightful for them, and they may render more copious thanks to God for it, it is given to them to see perfectly the punishment of the damned.

Gist of Idea

Those in bliss have their happiness increased by seeing the damned punished


Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologicae [1265], III Supp Q94,1), quoted by Friedrich Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morals I.15

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'On the Genealogy of Morals/ Ecce Homo', ed/tr. Kaufmann,Walter [Vintage 1969], p.49

A Reaction

This has probably been repudiated by the Church of England. Justice should be seen to be done. Presumably you mustn't gloat, or you join them.