1. St. Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox. G. K. Chesterton . tabloid manner, of the Dumb Ox of Sicily passes all digestive experiments in the matter of an ox in a. Title: St. Thomas Aquinas Author: G. K. Chesterton * A Project Gutenberg of . But to make a digest, in the tabloid manner, of the Dumb Ox of Sicily passes all. Saint Thomas Aquinas has ratings and reviews. booklady said: This is my second complete read of rton’s classic treatment of the “Ange.

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Possessed of the rarest brilliance, he found the highest truth in the humblest object.

The ‘dumb ox’ who became the greatest of the medieval Doctors of the Church | Catholic Herald

Sometimes very hard to follow. View all 8 comments. Now I have respect for and am in awe of him, as I should have and be. They were a somewhat revolutionary movement in the 13th century, and many people did not have a great esteem for them, including St. Chesterton may not make the life chesterfon Aquinas crystal and simple like we might expect a biographer to do, but he does illuminate much about the character and the philosophy of the man and make it very graspable.

Chesterton 9 8 Aug 10, However, he endured all of his family’s resistance and remained a member of the Dominicans his entire life. Chesterton gives no short supply of wonderful and exasperating examples of who this large man who was no doubt much larger on the inside than he was fumb the outside chose to hcesterton against every outside influence. He’s incredibly smart and from what I’ve read about him, a very versatile and deep author.


Saint Thomas Aquinas

Thomas himself would have chided Chesterton for dymb incivility and unfairness. Mar 01, Jennifer rated it liked it. I know this is a highly-respected work, and I do respect it. Sep 15, Bobbi Martens rated it it was amazing. St Thomas was capable of dictating to four secretaries at the same time.

The Dumb Ox Summary & Study Guide

When, at 19, he joined the mendicant Dominicans od family was so shocked that his military brothers kidnapped him. His Catholicism dominates his reasoning.

Nobody but a lunatic could pretend that these things were a progress; for they obviously go first one way and then the other. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I read somewhere that he dictated all of his writing to a secretary with no revising. Chesterton could hardly do something confined solely to dates and f And BAM.

It seems to me that Dum assumes a level of knowledge of Aquinas’s life and work which is just not a standard in these modern times. This was my first Chesterton book. I recommend that all students of Saint Thomas Aquinas read this bio by Chesterton!

Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox – Chesterton, G.K.

They are also the chapters that do the bulk of explaining Thomistic philosophy; beyond that most of it is autobiography, but for that reason, might even be good for the high school student. Mailing List Contact Us. Then it earned the praise of such distinguished writers as Etienne Gilson, Jacques Martain, and Anton Pegis as chesteron best book ever written on the great thirteenth-century Dominican.


While this does prove what an amazing genius Chestetron is, it also helps to understand why you feel as though you are racing around inside his head, plucking one idea out of another.

For my own part, I know a Ix this for our July book club. I started reading “Aquinas: I have seen things which make all my writings like straw. Feb 10, Tom LA rated it it was amazing.

It’s a trifle misleading–that is, it’s hardly a biography. He often make comparisons between the Dominican Aquinas and the Franciscan St.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I foresee many pleasurable rereadings of this book, which I am sure will reward me increasingly each time. Read this before reading anything else about Aquinas. I chesteryon appreciate the examination of Aristotelian thought against that of the Platonists who thrived just before and after St.

This is a free article. So this is more of an explanation of Thomas’s philosophy as regards theology, highlighted with stories or sketches of his life, rather than a chronological detailing of his life.

This was especially true of Aquinas. Don’t let that put you off.