Aside from becoming a big fan of G.K. Chesterton, I’m also a fan of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor. Here and there over the past couple of years I’ve shared an article from St. Thomas’ master work the Summa Theologiae with a good friend on Facebook. Her reaction is often a gleeful “Summa Time!!”
So, I’ve decided that I’m going to make that part of this blog. I’m going to post an article from the Summa to my blog once per week or so for you – the reader – to read and ponder. St. Thomas is difficult to understand at first, but if you’re serious about Christianity (or, Catholicism specifically), St. Thomas is essential reading.
His style is known as disputation. He lays out his arguments in a format that we moderns aren’t accustomed to. He starts with a topic, then he proposes a series of questions addressing those topics. He then offers the best objections he can come up with, then offers something from the tradition of the Church, or even a philosopher like Aristotle or Boethius (depending on the topic) to rebut the objections. Then he offers his own take, and then he answers each objection individually underneath.
I’m not sure when this will begin. I’m thinking I’ll do it on a particular weekday each week so to develop some consistency and reliability.