Though slightly repetitive, as one might expect with so simple a theme as the reality of the world, Paine shows us why a man who never made any formal study of the Angelic Doctor
could be credited by Gilson with writing the best book about him.
Thomas Aquinas is called Angelic Doctor
because of his purity of heart and marvelous intelligence.
The main goal of the work is to clarify and synthesize a wide variety of the Angelic Doctor
's texts on this topic.
Curiously, the magisterial revival of Thomistic theology belied the Angelic Doctor
's own magisterial theology that is, the magisterium cathedrae magistralis exercised by theologians.
Therefore, for various reasons, among which the Angelic Doctor
cites respect for the Sacrament, he writes: "Out of reverence towards this Sacrament, nothing touches it, but what is consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest's hands, for touching this Sacrament.
Now, a long generation later, Denys Turner offers the hook of "materialism," the idea that matter bears meaning, to gather new readers to the Angelic Doctor
. In both cases, a current popular terminology was seized on to highlight something distinctive to Aquinas, in the first case the centrality of the act of being to his thought and in the second the importance of his use of the concept of matter.
The Angelic doctor
, he insists, actually tends to focus on risk taking rather than returned payout as the prime consideration of entrepreneurs.
The following two chapters cover Aquinas's treatment of the theology and pathways of Christian perfection--their challenge being to explicate the vast and precise anthropology and soteriology that the Angelic Doctor
elaborated as the basis of his understanding of this theme in the Christian life.
The access of lay Catholics to the formal study of Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor
, led to some curious events--not the least of which was the emergence of the philosophies of art and beauty, according to Aquinas, as one means by which the traditional teachings of the Church could meet the most pressing questions of the modern world.
The Church Fathers have much to say about angels well into the 13th-century writings of the Angelic Doctor
himself, Thomas Aquinas.
To this end, Benzoni focuses on the work of Aquinas, largely because of the lucidity with which the Angelic Doctor
demonstrates the centrality of a certain understanding of the human soul to the moral bifurcation in question (4).
Brady, a retired philosophy professor from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo., has put together Aquinas for Everyone, a brief collection of questions and answers culled from the Summa Theologiae, the Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard and other writings of the Angelic Doctor
. The little book starts off with a bio of Thomas Aquinas and a short introduction explaining certain principles of the saint's thought and some issues regarding translation.
For Denys, God as the Good (however imperfect the term) came before Being; for the Angelic Doctor
, God is the Good because He is Being.
The author cited most often by far is 'the angelic Doctor
' (Thomas Aquinas) - including evidence that he too understood Rom.
(c1225 - 1274) Italian scholastic theologian and philosopher, often called the Angelic Doctor
(Lat, Doctor Angelicus ).