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Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox (original 1933; edition 1974)

by G. K. Chesterton (Author)

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Acclaimed by a top Aquinas scholar as "the best book ever written on St. Thomas," this concise, readable narrative profiles one of Christianity's most important and influential thinkers. Chesterton focuses on the man and the events that shaped him, rather than on theology, and illustrates the saint's relevance to modern readers.… (more)
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Title:Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox
Authors:G. K. Chesterton (Author)
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
Biografía del Doctor Angélico. Destaca por la calidad literaria y viveza de estilo, con anécdotas muy ilustrativas y agudos análisis sobre la importancia doctrinal y cultural de las obras de Santo Tomás. Obra de gran valor apologético. Muy útil.
  pgal23x | Jul 6, 2019 |
G.K. Chesterton's brilliant sketch of the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas is as relevant today as when it was published in 1933. Then it earned the praise of such distinguished writers as Etienne Gilson, Jacques Martain, and Anton Pegis as the best book ever written on the great thirteenth-century Dominican. Today Chesterton's classic stands poised to reveal Thomas to a new generation.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Apr 28, 2019 |
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  brone | May 18, 2015 |
I must admit that I had high expectations of this book. G. K. Chesterton has a huge reputation as a writer. Since he was a devout Catholic, I expected an excellent book on Thomas. I was disappointed.



First, the author does not give a coherent narrative of Thomas' life. He makes many references to events and people of the 13th century (a good thing), but he expects the reader to already know about them. You will get a great deal more out of this book if you have already read an encyclopedia article on both him and the 13th century.



The book is really a hagiography of Thomas, a series of meditations about the man, his life and his thought. It is uncritically complimentary of Thomas, and only filled with praise of him, even or especially when noting his flaws.



The writing style, while entertaining, chases rabbits everywhere. The self-deprecating authorial voice is very loud and annoying. For a journalist and popular writer, he is remarkably unwilling to get to the point.



However, the chapters "The Approach to Thomism" and "The Permanent Philosophy" are worth reading, and I thought them to be very helpful on understanding what Thomas the Philosopher is all about. In the last chapter, sadly, Chesterton descends into partisan propaganda, railing (very unfairly, in my view) against Martin Luther as the very opposite of Aquinas; he even calls Luther a barbarian, evidence of his rhetorical intent. Thomas himself would have chided Chesterton for his incivility and unfairness.



If you are looking (as I was) for an entry-level introduction to Aquinas, look elsewhere. Josef Pieper's "A Guide to Thomas Aquinas" would be a good place to start.
  KirkLowery | Mar 4, 2014 |
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Acclaimed by a top Aquinas scholar as "the best book ever written on St. Thomas," this concise, readable narrative profiles one of Christianity's most important and influential thinkers. Chesterton focuses on the man and the events that shaped him, rather than on theology, and illustrates the saint's relevance to modern readers.

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