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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: They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
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. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton’s “friendly enemy” according to Time, said of him, “He was a man of colossal genius”.
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It is known that when the great Catholic writer G. Chesterton began his book on Saint Thomas Aquinas who is, quite possibly, the most influential of all Christian theologians”his research for the project consisted of a very casual perusal of a few books on his subject. To say further that he has written a masterpiece of elucidation may also be an understatement.
Etienne Gilson, the chief scholar of Aquinas in the 20th century, said flatly “I consider it as being without possible comparison the best book ever written on St. Nothing short of genius can account for such an achievement Chesterton was one of the deepest thinkers who ever existed; he was deep because he was right; and he could not help being right; but he could not either help being modest and charitable, so he left it to those who could understand him to know that he was right, and deep.
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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Chesterton himself is very modest about writing about a saint and oz without going very deeply into either philosophy or theology: It is the fate of this sketch to be sketchy about philosophy, scanty or rather empty about theology, and to achieve little more than a decent silence on the subject of sanctity.
And yet it must none the less be the recurrent burden of this little book, to which it must return with some monotony, that in this story the philosophy did depend on the theology, and the theology did depend on the sanctity. In other words, it must repeat the first fact, which was emphasised in the first chessterton GKC, for all his beef with Macaulay, really does write like a Tory, or Catholic Macaulay, namely with brilliance, but sometimes without seriousness: Against all this the philosophy of St.
Thomas stands founded on the universal common conviction that eggs are eggs. The Hegelian may say that an egg is really a hen, because it is a part of an endless process of Becoming; the Berkeleian may hold that poached eggs only exist as a dream exists; dukb it is quite as easy to call the dream the cause of the dkmb as vumb eggs the cause of the dream; the Pragmatist may believe that we get the best out of scrambled eggs by forgetting that they ever were eggs, and only remembering the scramble.
For the most part, the paradoxes and contrarian views are genuinely chesteryon provoking, and if the book only hints at philosophy, it deals with medieval history, comparative religion and modern conventional wisdom which hasn’t changed all that much since very well. At any rate, this is a point still worth making: He may not be a Liberal by the extreme demands of the moderns chesgerton we seem always to mean by the moderns the men chesterron the last century, rather than this.
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He was very much of a Liberal compared with the most modern of all moderns for they are nearly all of them turning into [. But the point is that he obviously preferred the sort of decisions that are reached by deliberation rather than despotic action; and while, like all his contemporaries and coreligionists, he has no doubt that true authority may be authoritative, he is rather averse to the whole savour of its being arbitrary.
Chesterton is such a wonderfully fluid writer who draws one into the story immediately. I loved his work on St. Thomas He states on p. His answer is not so inevitable or simple at some may suppose. 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. It was his special spiritual thesis that there are really are things and not only Thing;that the many existed as well as the One.
Francis is equally as profound and one that calls us to mediation and contemplation. Thomas Aquinas was nicknamed “The Dumb Ox” not because he was stupid, but because he didn’t talk very much.
According to many, he was the greatest philosopher between Aristotle and Descartes. An example of his silence was the night he was more or less forced to dine with the French King, the universally-beloved St.
Royal dinners were not his style, and he sat silently while the French nobility did their “witty conversation” thing. There was a pause in the “witty conversation,” and St. Thomas, to make sure he didn’t lose that thought. This volume also contains another Chesterton masterpiece, his life of St. I’d much rather listen to a Te Deum than watch “reality TV,” for example.
And these two short biographies are worth your time because they are an excellent visit with Dr. This edition surprised me by being in a large format. I’ve read Chesterton’s “St. The Dumb Ox” several times and never cease to enjoy it. Not only does Chesterton give you a penetrating sketch of Thomas Aquinas but he gives you a sense of the struggle to put neo-Platonism and Aristotelian moderate realism in balance. No less an authority than Etienne Gilson, the foremost Thomistic scholar of the 20th century said of it: Nothing short of genius can account for such an achievement.
My own sense of this little book is that it is an indispensable portal to Thomistic studies, a book that at once is easily accessible and illuminates Aquinas like no other.
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