There is a curious little section in St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica in which Aquinas is talking about angels and their nature. I was reading it this morning and it made me think of one of the themes of my blog, namely the question of sexual identity. I’m putting this here primarily for me as a bit of a place marker, so I can have it and reflect on it some more.
I find the notion of an infinite possibility of sexual identities to be the result of “deception and falsehood,” two of the key words here in Aquinas’s treatment below:
But by accident, deception and falsehood creep in, when we understand the essence of a thing by some kind of composition, and this happens either when we take the definition of one thing for another, or when the parts of a definition do not hang together, as if we were to accept as the definition of some creature, “a four-footed flying beast,” for there is no such animal.
When it comes to a “gay man,” the “definition does not hang together.”
“Male and female he created them,” ordered towards their sexual complement the foundation of a true anthropology of man.