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Lumbering and shy — his classmates dubbed him “the Dumb Ox” — he led a revolution in Christian thought. It’s confirms my belief that all such books should be written by intelligent laymen instead of academic specialists. As Albert the Great, Thomas’s teacher, predicted, the Dumb Ox has bellowed down the ages to our dumn day.
This was my first Chesterton, and I surely am going to read as many of his other books as i can.
Saint Thomas Aquinas by G.K. Chesterton
His life was chesterrton to prayer, teaching, writing and travel; his labours astound alike by quality and extent.
This was my first Chesterton book. Chesterton’s Aquinas is a man of mystery. I found his entire discussion fundamentally wrong-headed. His greatest accomplishment, which would consume his entire life, was the promotion of Aristotle’s philosophy. Thomas, and this is seen very clearly od the opening chapter, “On Two Friars”.
For a journalist and popular writer, he is remarkably unwilling to get to the point.
Preview — Saint Thomas Aquinas by G. View all 7 comments. There is also a lot of comparison with St. I own a copy of Summa Theologica, but it’s rather daunting, and I have to admit that I’ve never taken the time to delve into it. View all 8 comments. Get The Dumb Ox from Amazon. Thomas Aquinas’ life, a bit of a high-level comparison with St. Chesterton at his most anti-pomo. Bill M rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
The Dumb Ox Summary & Study Guide
But what it severely lacks in biographical data which, of course, was not the author’s aim it makes up for in immense creative use of certain significant events in the great saint’s life. I like the fact that even when Chesterton gets his facts wrong as he does often when dealing with Augustine or anything about the Reformation his ideas are still right. By the 13th century, the dominant philosophy of Christianity, a Christianized version of Plato’s philosophy, had grown stale, and the Church was having difficulty with a religious movement known as Manicheanism.
My grasp on medieval philosophy is perhaps a little rusty, but I recall enough to know that Chesterton is simplifying things. If anything, Chesterton has written an extended homily. I was interested in knowing how Aquinas was influenced by the Jewish Maimonides and the Muslim Averroes, but we are only told that the saint was so good as to listen to them.
I foresee many pleasurable rereadings of this book, which I am sure will reward me increasingly each time. Jul 22, Fr. Chesterton has spoiled me with this enchanting story of the remarkable personality of St. This seemed the perfect book to fit the bill. Chesterton is a Dream Team-like pairing. Maybe because of that and not knowing much about Aquinas, I could not really get engaged with the book.
I also appreciate the examination of Aristotelian thought against that of the Platonists who thrived just be Chesterton’s biographical sketches of people are really beyond compare.
His Catholicism dominates his reasoning.
The Dumb Ox Summary & Study Guide
The book discusses at some length what is known about St. Thomas, who is well known as being a very thorough and systematic philosopher and theologian. The saint always occupies the middle ground of common sense and the essence of Christianity, according t Lx.
He laments that after St. For centuries the opposite and corresponding truths were the only ones emphasized!
This was also the thought Thomistic that inspired Gothic architecture. Lists with This Book. That said, I DO plan on going back and reading Aquinas’ work. Refresh and try again.
The ‘dumb ox’ who became the greatest of the medieval Doctors of the Church
Had he spent less time cnesterton after Luther just one of his many “rabbit trails”he could have spent more time explaining the philosophy of Aquinas.
But whichever is right, one thing is certainly wrong; and chfsterton is the modern habit of looking at them only from the modern end. He makes many references to events and people of the 13th century a good thingbut he expects the reader to already know about them.
A systematic introduction this is not. Compared with all of the philosophies that came after, Chesterton praises Thomism as the obviously superior and the only practical philosophy. What they will have is a lot of stories about how Aquinas was larger than cbesterton and chestertln much Chesterton can’t stand Protestants. Chesterton packs more theology and philsophy into this slim volume, and makes it much more accessible, than any massive tome on same subject.
I did not know much about Aquinas before I read this book.
He is so oft-quoted and admired. We lose the good in the attempt to replace everything with the new and novel.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, educated at St. But surely someone will find this criticism unjustified. The Dumb Ox – Chesterton, G.