"You call him a Dumb Ox; I tell you that the Dumb Ox will bellow so loud that his bellowing will fill the world." (Albertus Magnus)
Dubbed the "Dumb Ox" by his classmates for his shyness, Saint Thomas Aquinas proved to be possessed of the rarest brilliance, justifying the faith of his teacher, Albertus Magnus, and sparking a revolution in Christian thought. Chesterton's unsurpassed examination of Aquinas' thinking makes his philosophy accessible to listeners of any generation.
Etienne Gilson, the 20th century's foremost authority on Aquinas, has said of this work, "I consider it as being without possible exception the best book ever written on Saint Thomas. Nothing short of genius can account for such an achievement."
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Chesterton's book is a brilliant picture of St. Thomas Aquinas. He does a masterful job of showing you Thomas the man, The Saint, The friar, and the theologian, all against the backdrop of a remarkable picture of the 13th century. It is hard to imagine a book about the Middle Ages Star in one of the most notoriously difficult philosophers to read, being a page turner that you can't put down, but that is exactly what Chesterton gives us. It is worth noting that almost all the great Thomist scholars of the 20th century, philosophers such as Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gilson, all commend Chesterton's book is the single best book to read about Thomas.
satified to the 'nth' power
I listened through twice to insure I wasn't missing something, only to come away as perplexed as after the first reading. St Thomas was no doubt an interesting character and would have been a hoot to watch from a little bird's perch. But I am fairly certain that I would be the 'dumb ox' in attempting to understand his logic! If CK Chesterton finds his writings challenging, I fear the title page would be about right for me. Len
This has served as a very useful an intrigue introduction to the great Doctor of the Church.
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