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Saint Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton

As Albert the Great, Thomas’s teacher, predicted, the Dumb Ox has bellowed down the ages to our own day. Read reviews that mention thomas aquinas francis of assisi common sense saint thomas angelic doctor middle ages summa theologica great deal cbesterton this book english language philosophy and theology eggs are eggs josef pieper ralph mcinerny etienne gilson thomas thought catholic church western civilization founded on the universal chesterton says.

Jul 24, Kirk Lowery added it Shelves: Thomas Aquinas – Understanding 6 13 Aug 09, Thomas, would have approved of. I can’t imagine a better read about Aquinas. Chesterton at his most anti-pomo.

Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox

It seems like Chesterton spends too much time talking about stuff that isn’t very important to Aquinas or his philosophy or his theology. With regard to his philosophical positions, I would dumbb more interested in learning about Aquinas on his own terms, when he is not battling 20th century preconceptions.

Aug 22, Joe Dantona rated it it was amazing. Lumbering and shy — his classmates dubbed him “the Dumb Ox” — he led a revolution in Christian thought.

I know this is a highly-respected work, and I do respect it. Chesterton’s brilliant sketch of the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas is as relevant today as when it was published in It is even true fhesterton the truly spiritual and intellectual man sees it as sort of dilemma; a very hard and terrible choice. If one has never read anything by or about Aquinas, this will be an engaging if somewhat verbose, even in its overall brevity introduction to him, filled with eye-opening moments: Good introductory reading for Aquinas before digging into a monster like the Summa.


Thomas Aquinas’ work first. I think I wondered if he were even a Christian before I read chesferton, so I’.

Chesterton’s writing is a wonder. In addition to being xumb rigorous thinker, he was also a very skilled poet, as evident in the hymns he composed for the office of Corpus Christi Latin for “Body of Christ”, referring to the Eucharist.

He wrote a hundred books, contributions to more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horsefi Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St. Chesterton has spoiled me with this enchanting story of the remarkable personality of St.

Jan 24, Jonathan B rated it it was ok Shelves: Mar 31, Rick Davis rated it really liked it Shelves: It sort of glared to me that Luther had not one virtue and Aquinas had not one flaw.

His lumbering, slow, and massive person was clearly observed juxtaposed with Chesterton’s wry wit and sparkling scenes. They chestergon also the chapters that do the bulk of explaining Thomistic philosophy; beyond that most of it is autobiography, but for that reason, might even be good for the high school student.

Don’t have a Kindle? I have seen things which make all my writings like straw. Chesterton is interesting even when I disagree. I like this little book.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Chesterton clearly places Aquinas in thirteenth-century Italy and France; otherwise, however, he mentions only one specific date or year in the entire book and not until page ! The latter sections of he book are helpful for grasping the basics of Aquinas’s ontology. Please try again later. Before much time passes at all we realize that it is no longer Aquinas who stands in the shadow of Augustine, but Augustine and the whole Church who stand in the valley below the feet of the great giant, the feet of the ‘Angelic’ Doctor who hardly spoke of his angels, who saw something or Someone which made all his writings as straw.


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Chesterton reveals all this. Thomas, to make sure he didn’t lose that thought. This isn’t a biography; it is an adventure story! He was a very quiet and very brilliant Friar who, for all the time he cesterton studying, was deeply devoted to Christ and the Catholic Church. The last two or three chapters alone worth the price of admission.

Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox – Chesterton, G.K.

Chesterton is a Catholic, through and through, and while I don’t hold that against him, I must confess I am more in Augustine and Luther’s camp than Aquinas’. Unfortunately, I find myself rarely agreeing with him. Today Chesterton’s classic stands poised to reveal Thomas to a new generation. The basic premises of Thomistic philosophy are the affirmation of goodness of Creation and the acceptance of reality as it is.

Of course, he’s wrong, quite wrong, that Luther was against the use of the reason or will, but a bit closer to home when he says it was a matter of emphasis in many ways. I have reassessed many of my own notions regarding these philosophic ideas and, in fact, have clarified my own viewpoint od the role of the material world toward spiritual life.

This was my first Chesterton, and I surely am going to read as many of his other books as i can. You will get a great deal more out of this book if you have already read an encyclopedia articl I must admit that I had high expectations of this book. The dunb style, while entertaining, chases rabbits everywhere.