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"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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Best book on Thomas in English

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.

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Another Chesterton's masterpiece

G K Chesterton never disappoints. Even a short book like this one is worth reading

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Good audio, not my favorite book ever.

The narrator for this book is extremely good, however I was not as impressed by the book itself. GK Chesterton is very popular, and he was a very good writer, however, his books have never appealed to me very much and this is not an outlier. It's not a scholarly biography or outline of Aquinas' thought, which was what I was hoping for. Still, the narration was excellent.

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Dense and Difficult to Understand

Chesterton’s writing style is dense and difficult to understand for most modern readers. I have no doubt that his logic and philosophy and theology are sound. But for every one idea that made its way into my conscience I’m sure there were 10 others that did not make it in because the language was so inaccessible to me.

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GK Chesterton is God

GK Chesterton will change the world. This book is difficult to get through, but GK is always worth it no matter what.

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Great Read on St Thomas

One of the best testimony of Being as the changeless background behind all change...the great I AM...

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Excellent Biographical Sketch of Aquinas

Very enjoyable audiobook! Derek Perkins it must be said, did a terrific job reading the text as well. I do without hesitation, recommend this title.

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A literal labyrinth

The book is incredible. The perplexity and thoughtful are upon sheer cliffs Elevated beyond the common material of this age. A tremendous exercise in mental fitness, indeed.

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REAL St Thomas Aquines <br />

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

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Great intro to St. Thomas Aquinas

This has served as a very useful an intrigue introduction to the great Doctor of the Church.

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