Friday, January 28, 2011

On the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

This great 13th century Doctor of the Church remains a towering figure of Christianity and of Western civilization. Here Fr. Barron discusses two ways in which his work is of tremendous relevance for our times. One was Thomas's emphasis on the unicity of truth. He rejected the idea current in his day too of two parallel truths, religious and scientific, or of the possibility of an opposition between the two. The other was the understanding of the difference between the contingent universe of beings or things that do not explain themselves (us, our parents, atoms, the cosmos) - the proper realm of scientific inquiry - on one hand and, on the other the non-contingent ground of all contingent being. In short, he grasped the key question, why is there something rather than nothing?

I have packed nearly all of my books for an impending move. But a small stack of books on or about Thomas remains on my shelf because I consult them constantly and need them at hand.
Disputed Questions on the Virtues
Thomas Aquinas on Faith, Hope, and Love
Thomas Aquinas, Selected Writings
Edward Feser, Aquinas
Ralph McInerny, Ethica Thomistica
Aquinas, Shorter Summa
G.K. Chesterton, The Dumb Ox
Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Dauphinais & Levering, Knowing The Love Of Christ: An Introduction to the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas

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