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Saint Thomas Aquinas - 'The Dumb Ox' Paperback – April 10, 2012
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About the Author
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out." For example, Chesterton wrote "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." Chesterton is well known for his reasoned apologetics and even some of those who disagree with him have recognized the universal appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both liberalism and conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify such a position with Catholicism more and more, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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So nice to get such Logic and Reason (for once) in a small, concise book on a great Saint and a proven genius. Chesterton is interesting, original, perceptive and brilliant, and he writes about a most interesting, original, perceptive, and brilliant person. Such a combination is exhilarating and delightful.
It is however, only a sketch of the great systematic philosopher, as Chesterton himself says at the beginning of the book. If you're looking for an introduction to Aquinas's philosophy I reccomend Peter Kreeft's excellent books for laymen. (Kreeft is one of those who should know mentioned above). If you're looking for a personal introduction to Aquinas, you can't get better than this slim volume.
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On a personal plane, my affinity goes back to the fact that this was my introduction to both Chesterton and Aquinas.Read more