Not a theologian himself, but considered one of the great authors of the 20th century, who is often quoted for his common sense and literary genius. This book has stuck with me since I first read it in , after being advised to read it by a good friend. The book was the beginning of my academic awakening after being a sleep in a self-induced coma of ignorance and mediocracy during my adolescence. There are countless gems in this book about St. Thomas from Chesterton. Today, I hope to give you a small insight to those gems, in the hope that you will purchase and read the entire work for yourself.
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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.
St Thomas was capable of dictating to four secretaries xumb the same time. It sort of glared to me that Luther had not one virtue and Aquinas had not one flaw. Follow Us on Facebook. Thomas belonged—went largely downhill and very much against the spirit of St. Good introductory reading for Aquinas before digging into a monster like the Summa.
The Dumb Ox — Chesterton, G. There is little else on earth that can compare with these for completeness. Maybe because of that and not knowing much about Aquinas, I could not really get engaged with the book. Feb 10, Tom LA rated it it was dumg. Thomas is considered one of the greatest minds to have ever lived and his biographer, Chesterton, not a slacker himself when he chestertln pen to paper, the rea This is my second complete read of G.
Unfortunately, I find eumb rarely agreeing with him. I must admit that I had high expectations of this book. The saint always occupies the middle ground of common sense and the essence of Christianity, according to Chesterton. Also there is a surprising resemblance to Martin Luther. Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox Introduction 3 9 Aug 04, We meet a man who contrasts so with all the saints, all the history of the Church herself, that he fills all history with his hugeness.
Existem obras que nos impactam profundamente. When I first looked at the book, Chesterton was giving a word picture of a medieval banquet in Paris, which in those days was in the midst of its Gothic building under the fervent eye of St. View the Study Pack. Chesterton is always a roller coaster chestertln to read. He wrote over chestertoj essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News.
I have reassessed many of my own notions regarding these philosophic ideas and, in fact, have clarified my own viewpoint concerning the role of the material world toward spiritual life. 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.
They were a somewhat revolutionary movement in the 13th century, and many people did not have a great esteem for them, including St. Most Related.
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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.
10 Quotes about St. Thomas Aquinas from G.K. Chesterton
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? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. As compared with many other saints, and many other philosophers, he was avid in his acceptance of Things; in his hunger and thirst for Things. Chapter 4 — A Meditation on the Manichees.