The Last Defender of Reason and the Human Body

Posted April 11, 2018 8:30 pm by Anthony Esolen

The Last Defender of Reason and the Human Body

G.K. Chesterton said, at the end of his fine biography The Dumb Ox, that Thomas Aquinas ought to be called “Saint Thomas of the Creation.” That is because Thomas defended the integrity, the beauty, the intelligibility, and the real and not notional existence of things, good old created things, fire and flood, flowers and grass, birds and cattle and every creeping thing upon the face of the earth. Not for him the gnostic temptation to see creation as the work of a lesser or malignant god, or the more ethereal Platonic temptation to see in it but a shadow of the

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