Friday, 15 November 2013

Disused Dominican Doctors - A Remedy!

Today is the Feast Day of St. Albert the Great, one of the great Doctors of the Church.

It probably says a lot about the feeble and fragile state of Catholicism in the modern era that it's impossible to find any of his works, like the Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, readily available.

But at least Albertus Magnus still has a 'second-hand' fame of sorts in that people may have heard of him because he was the teacher of the much better known St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, whose works are more readily available, even if disastrously neglected.

It doesn't have to be that way. And it shouldn't be!

Carmel Books has stock of a quite brilliantly-written book that introduces the intellectual thought - and its application - of St. Albert's famed and trained student in a way that every layman can easily understand.

From the Foreword of St. Thomas Aquinas: Universal Doctor:

"This book was written firstly, to express the author's conviction that there is something distorted in Western society at the beginning of the third millennium; secondly, to analyse the causes of this imbalance; thirdly and principally, to offer a set of solutions. It is the author's opinion that these solutions are still to be found in the writings of the thirteenth century philosopher and theologian, Thomas Aquinas. It is hoped that the book will succeed in introducing Thomas Aquinas' philosophical thought to a new generation...

As this is intended to be no more than an introduction to Thomas Aquinas' philosophy those readers who are more academically-minded may find an irritating lack of exact references. These have been kept to a minimum as the book is meant to be for everyone, not only for the academic....".

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