Vum Thomas will make a return in the modern world. They lived entirely off of voluntary donations. Aug 18, Marcos Junior rated it it was amazing Shelves: Chesterton packs more theology and philsophy into this slim volume, and makes it much more accessible, than any massive tome on same subject. Thomas was the youngest child of an influential Italian noble family.
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Vum Thomas will make a return in the modern world. They lived entirely off of voluntary donations. Aug 18, Marcos Junior rated it it was amazing Shelves: Chesterton packs more theology and philsophy into this slim volume, and makes it much more accessible, than any massive tome on same subject.
Thomas was the youngest child of an influential Italian noble family. Yet he showed absolute single-mindedness in pursuing his fundamental aim: Feb 27, Tom rated it really liked it Shelves: Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St.
We meet a man who would stop at no boundary in his quest for truth, who would passionately defend against insane and unimaginable errors. The saint always occupies the middle ground of common sense and the essence of Christianity, according to Chesterton. I did not know much about Aquinas before I read this book.
Return to Book Page. I am not going to rate it because GK Chesterton is a Catholic icon. Read this for our July book club. The writing style, while entertaining, chases rabbits everywhere. I know this is a highly-respected work, and I do respect it.
Although he never finished this work it became over the centuries, pace the Scotists, the bedrock of Catholic orthodoxy. Compared with all of the philosophies that came after, Chesterton praises Thomism as the obviously superior and the only practical philosophy. Open Preview See a Problem? It is uncritically complimentary of Thomas, and only filled with praise of him, even or especially when noting his flaws. Thomas had always been a very quiet and reserved individual, so his father arranged for him to enter the Benedictine monastery at Monte Casino.
His Catholicism dominates his reasoning. And also knows alot of other things — like the writings of Aristotle, Plato, and Pliny, to name just a few. For a journalist and popular writer, he is remarkably unwilling to get to the point. I learned about the medieval era and mind, very nice indeed.
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This was my first Chesterton, and I surely am going to read as many of his other books as i can. Such a natural gift for writing in a spontaneous colloquial tone and a cheerful, clever wit that never switches off. The book is a brief outline of St. I read somewhere that he dictated all of his writing to a secretary with no revising. While this does prove what an amazing genius Chesterton is, it also helps to understand why you feel as though you are racing around inside his head, plucking one idea out of another. His turns of phrases are fantastical and are so well stated, sometimes hard to understand, but mostly proverbs that leave you thinking, "Yes!
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Chesterton at his most anti-pomo. That is very true and I never thought about it that way. This was my first Chesterton, and I surely am going to read as many of his other books as i can. So how can I still fault Chesterton?
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Brarn Released after a year, Thomas studied in Paris and Cologne. Although Aquinas had little knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, as a theologian he was unrivalled in intellectual power, capable of dictating to four secretaries at the same time. While reading I grew progressively frustrated that I was stubbornly pushing through the book. Of course, Chesterton would have scoffed at calling this small book a biography in any case. Yes, I must recognize that I enjoyed the bits on the early life of St. The book discusses at some length what is known about St. Thomas is considered one of the greatest minds to have ever lived and his biographer, Chesterton, not a slacker himself when he puts pen to paper, the reader can expect to work for everything gleaned from this excellent biography—however much the author downplays the difficulty in all Thomistic writings and emphasizes the inadequacy of his own treatment.