What’s Your Conception of God?

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It's hard to discuss things fruitfully when you don't know what you're talking about. I'm not speaking here of out-and-out ignorance, of people pontificating on subjects of which they know little (although there's plenty of that going around, and I'm sure it was ever thus, and that I've contributed to it in my time). I'm speaking of something more subtle: of two people in dialog using the same words but meaning different things by them. Such hidden disagreements can generate quite a lot of … [Read more...]

The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas, by Josef Pieper

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In 1948, Josef Pieper published a selection of short texts from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, specifically, those texts he wanted to bring to the attention of his friends so that they could come to understand the character and thought of St. Thomas. The texts (often no more than a sentence) are arranged in a particular order by topic, so as to lead the reader through the philosophical thought of the saint. The book is entitled The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas. Beyond a short … [Read more...]

Thomas Aquinas, by Denys Turner

Thomas Aquinas, by Denys Turner, might be the best book on Thomas Aquinas that I've yet seen. It's a book about Thomas the man, Thomas the saint, and only secondarily about Thomas the philosopher and theologian. The author says, It is a profile sketched out in thin strokes of the pen, exaggerating a few features out of all proportion and omitting many more altogether. It is therefore a caricature. But caricatures do not always distort. At best they reveal the prominent features of a … [Read more...]