Scholar, Poet, Mystic, Saint
Meet Thomas Aquinas! There is no better introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas than this classic work, which acquaints readers with the essentials of St. Thomas’s remarkable life and teachings. In clear, bold strokes it demonstrates his importance—as a thinker and as a saint—for Catholics and all those seeking truth in the world today.
Here you will encounter the mild-mannered, unassuming thirteenth-century friar who wrote poems so sublime they are sung in churches worldwide to this day, and the mystic whose wisdom came from a direct vision of God Himself.
Betweentimes, this remarkable author and teacher explained profound philosophical and theological concepts in words so simple and arguments so clear that common men could follow them and sophisticated opponents were left no option but to agree.
In St. Thomas’s day, ancient Greek philosophical ideas penetrated Christendom again, threatening to overturn conventional notions of God. Undaunted by this challenge and convinced that faith and reason can never contradict, St. Thomas gave full scope to both, crafting, as Fr. Sertillanges shows in these pages, an enduring synthesis that to this day preserves the integrity—and increases the authority—of each.
No wonder subsequent generations found the wisdom of St. Thomas sweet: he drinks deeply not from one but from two deep wells—faith and reason; and as you come to know St. Thomas better through these pages, you’ll learn to do so, too.
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
Author: A. G. Sertillanges, O.P.
Translator: Godfrey Anstruther, O.P.
Length: 160 pages