aquinas What would St Thomas Aquinas do?The answer is from another age, and may seem a bit hard to our modern sensibilities, but it is, nevertheless, true. In his article, Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both? Dr. Taylor Marshall explains Aquinas’ idea of the common good and why it means that Christian charity does not extend to committing suicide. In Marshall’s words:

We Christians should be generous with humanitarian aid toward Muslims and all people. We should send money and resources to those who have been dispossessed. We should be loving and generous with Muslims. Kindness brings about conversion and understanding. We should also try to topple the Islamic State and eradicate terrorism in our lands and in the Islamic lands.

“We are not required by Christ to take victims that oppose our faith and our way of life and make them into our political heirs.”