Moniglia, Tommaso-vincenzo

Moniglia, Tommaso-Vincenzo an Italian theologian, was born August 18, 1686, in Florence. Having received his education at the University of Pisa, he returned to Florence. and entered the Order of St. Dominic. Very soon after he contracted a close friendship with the English ambassador, Henry Newton. Seduced by his promises, he fled from the convent and repaired to London. His pecuniary resources being exhausted, he was forced to support himself by teaching. After an absence of three years he succeeded, by the favor of the grand duke, in returning to his own country, where he was kindly received and his errors pardoned. From that time he devoted himself to preaching with indefatigable zeal, and taught theology at Florence and Pisa. Moniglia had an extensive knowledge of nearly all the sciences, and was well versed in sacred and profane literature. He was one of the first among the Italians to refute the opinions of Locke, of Hobbes, of Helvetius, and of Bayle, but not always to advantage. He died at Pisa, February 15, 1767. He is the author of De Origine sacrarunm precum rosarii B.M. Virginis (Rome, 1725, 8vo); which dissertation he composed by order of his superiors and to refute the Bollandists, who do not believe that St. Dominic is the author of these prayers: — De annis Jesu-Christi servatoris et de religione utriusque Philippi Augusti (Rome, 1741, 4to): — Contro i Fatalisti (Lucca, 1744, 2 parts, 8vo): — Contro Materialisti e altri increduli (Padua, 1750, 2 volumes, 8vo): — Osservazioni critico-filosofiche confro i materialisti (Lucca, 1760, 8vo): — La mente umana spirito immortale,

non materia pensante (Padua, 1766, 2 volumes, 8vo). See Fabroni, Vitae Italorun, volume 11.

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