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Abstract

The Temptation of Br. Thomas is a short animated film that celebrates beauty and examines our preconceptions of what we consider sacred. Thomas Acquinas serves both as namesake to the central character and an inspiration to the ideas put forth in the film. The Temptation of Brother Thomas draws from the rich legacy of art within the Western Church while it challenges the modern assumptions that true art needs to be cut loose from orthodox faith in order to flourish. True to Aquinas’ writings, it also challenges contemporary religious notions that art and beauty are somehow superfluous to a life marked by faith.

The Temptation of Brother Thomas claims the goodness of creation and beauty as an invitation to celebrate the Sacred wherever we may find it.

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