Discovering Aquinas: An Introduction to His Life, Work, and Influence

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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
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Thomas Aquinas is one of the great figures of church history, and his ideas continue to have a powerful effect on theologians and contemporary writers from very different backgrounds and traditions. In "Discovering Aquinas" Aidan Nichols offers a lively and authoritative introduction to the life, thought, and ongoing influence of this singular churchman.

This book could not have come at a better time. After a lengthy period of declining interest in Aquinas, we are starting to see a Thomistic renaissance, including a renewed appreciation for the way Aquinas's work so brilliantly weaves together philosophy, theology, spirituality, revelation, and ethics. As Nichols writes, It is because of the wonderfully integrated character of the wisdom of Thomas Aquinas -- integrated not only as supernatural with natural but also as "thinking with love" -- that the church in our day should not leave him as a fresco on a wall but find inspiration from his teaching and example.

By means of writing as felicitous as it is insightful, Nichols chronicles the compelling facts of Aquinas's life, explores the major facets of his thought, establishes Aquinas's historical importance, and shows why many today are regarding him as a vital partner in current debates about the future of Christianity.

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The prior of Blackfriars Abbey in Cambridge, England, and a prolific author on theological subjects, Nichols (Beyond the Blue Glass: Catholic Essays on Faith and Culture) here organizes Thomas Aquinas ... Read full review

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Nichols is a prolific Dominican with that wry English humor who presents St. Thomas for a contemporary audience. Nichols manages to flesh out the medieval philosophers life and thought and present it outside of simply a Scholastic summary that is merely academic. Nichols, a Blackfriar from Cambridge, is not only a formidable philosopher in his own right, but a skilled writer who has a keen eye on the current pulse of the Church, as his book summarizing B16's thought evidences. I would recommend this to those seeking an introduction to Thomas' thought from a contemporary and probing mind. 

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Aidan Nichols is the prior of Blackfriars in Cambridge, England.

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