|1.||Whether it is natural for man to possess external things|
|2.||Whether it is lawful for anyone to possess something as his own|
|3.||Whether the nature of theft lies in taking someone else's property secretly|
|4.||Whether theft and robbery are sins of different species|
|5.||Whether all theft is sinful|
|6.||Whether theft is a mortal sin|
|7.||Whether it is lawful to steal by reason of necessity|
|8.||Whether all robbery is a mortal sin|
|9.||Whether theft is a more grievous sin than robbery|
It seems that it is not natural for man to possess external things.
obiectio 1: For no man should claim for himself that which belongs to God. But dominion over all creatures belongs to God, according to Psalm 24:1: 'The earth is the Lord's', etc. Therefore it is not natural for man to possess external things.
obiectio 2: Moreover, Basil, expounding the words of the rich man at Luke 12:18, 'I will gather all my fruits and my goods', says: 'Tell me: Which things are yours? Whence did you call them forth when you brought them to life?'1 But whatever a man possesses naturally he can properly call his. Therefore man does not naturally possess external goods.____________________