As a highly Pagan poet said to me: “The Reformation happened because people hadn’t the brains to understand Aquinas.”
I can’t believe I forgot to post on the feast day yesterday of the Angelic Doctor! (Too much work in the law mines was the culprit!) I try to always remember his perfect synthesis of faith and intellect every January 28. Too many people think these attributes are opposites which helps to explain why the world is in such a mess today. I think what is appealing most to me about Aquinas is his optimism. He lived in the thirteenth century, nicknamed the Glorious Century, a true turning point in history when Christendom began to assert traits that would lead to revolutions in so many fields. Aquinas never doubted that the new knowledge about the World was no jeopardy to the Faith, and it has not been, so long as faith and reason work in alliance. We go badly astray when these two essential components of a complete human are viewed as adversaries.