Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G.K. Chesterton
Originally published: 1933
Description: Chesterton’s customary wit and engaging storytelling provide a brief but vivid profile. He focuses on the saint’s life, rather than on theology, to illustrate Thomas’s relevance to modern readers.
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Popular quotes from Saint Thomas Aquinas:
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.”
“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
“St Thomas (Aqinas) loved books and lived on books… When asked for what he thanked God most, he answered simply, ‘I have understood every page I ever read’.” ~G.K. Chesterton, Saint Thomas Aquinas
I would be lying if I told you this wasn’t a heady book. Luckily for me, it wasn’t a long read. I didn’t know much about Aquinas before reading this book, but know I’m curious about knowing more. Chesterton points out that Aquinas brought reasoning into the Church during a very dark time. Unfortunately for the Church, Aquinas wasn’t around when reason was challenged by the subjective.