Here in the Age of Utter Credulity, we are often informed by people who get all their information from the Interwebz that medievals like St. Thomas were “superstitious” while we now live in the Age of Reason. The way you can tell we live in the Age of Reason is twofold. First, we are technologically sophisticated enough to force people who understand what Reason means to remind us of things like this:
Second, and this is the clincher, St Thomas Aquinas, who embodies the thinking of the Medieval period, is really boring, according to, oh, you know, everybody. And since “entertainment value” is what truly rational thought is all about, it therefore follows that we live in the Age of Reason and medievals were gullible and superstitious and a thousand years dumber than we who have developed the technological capacity to bring the wisdom of Jerry Springer, Snooki, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and similar intellectual lions to the masses of philosopher kings who now walk the earth in stately concord.
Still, recalcitrant people exist who dissent from this wise view of matters. Some, if you can believe it, think that there are forms of human endeavor that are interesting which do *not* involve explosions, jiggle, bling, special effects, trailer park sex quarrels, and speculations about ancient astronauts. Among them are this irrational Dominican who advances the incredible thesis that St. Thomas Aquinas is not boring and uses something called intelligence, wit and argument to make his case.Mike Flynn has some follow-up remarks. Plus, there’s this kickin’ it St. Thomas rap, which conclusively demonstrates that Thomism is absolutely compatible with contemporary culture. Thomas is, as you kids today say, “all that” and perfect for “bringin’ the Truth to the Homies” (I’m taking a Rosetta Stone course on modern urban slang and the diagnostic software rates me as “bad” which I am told means “good” in urban slang. Yo.