Thomistic Disputation (please make title based on what you write about and what my professor asks for)

B. Write a Thomistic Disputation (500 Words/ about 2 pages double-spaced with no heading); Up to 25 Points
Write an “article” in the style of Thomas Aquinas. Look over those passages in order to get a “feel” for his method. Your article may be on any question that interests you, but note that you must appeal to authorities such as the Bible or famous thinkers. Also, it must be a question upon which reasonable people could disagree. Crucially, it must contain each of the sections that Aquinas utilizes. That is, it should contain the following:
1. The title, in the form of a question, defines the problem.
2. Aquinas provides a tentative answer to the question, with which he will ultimately disagree (“It seems that…”), and he provides a list of the best objections to the position that he will take.
3. There is a brief rebuttal (“on the contrary”) drawn from some previous authoritative figure.
4. Aquinas gives his own argument (“It should be said…”).
5. Aquinas replies to the objections listed in #2.
Here is a rough example in outline form (yours would be more expansive):
Article 1: Did Jesus ever laugh?
It seems that he did not.
I. Scripture never states that Jesus laughed. And whatever Scripture never states explicitly cannot have occurred. Therefore Jesus never laughed.
II. The Prophet Isaiah calls Jesus a “man of sorrows” (Is. 53:3). Such a man would never laugh. Thus, Jesus never laughed.
III. Laughter seems inconsistent with Jesus’ divine mission, since he was singularly devoted to the reason for which he came into the world, as when he says, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” ( John 18:11). And, “For judgment I am come into this world” (John 9:39). And, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34). And, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). In all these ways Jesus shows that laughter and joy are incompatible with his mission and life. Therefore, Jesus never laughed.
ON THE CONTRARY:
[Here you would cite some authoritative figure with whom you will agree and who disagrees with the tentative answer.]
RESPONSE:
It should be said that Jesus must have laughed. For…
Ad I. Though Scripture never speaks of Jesus laughing, … (Or, Scripture does speak…)
Ad II. Though Jesus is a man of sorrows, nevertheless this does not entail that he never laughed. For… (Or, perhaps, Jesus is a man of sorrows in one way, but not another. For…)
Ad III. Jesus’ mission was indeed serious. There are two ways in which we might imagine Jesus laughing, but only one way would be inconsistent with such a mission. That is, …

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