Via Ed Feser: As the Thomist A. D. Sertillanges once put it, a paint brush can’t move itself even if it has a very long handle. And it still couldn’t move itself even if it had an infinitely long handle.
Apropos the continuing com-storm Ed Feser has stirred up with his critical posts on “intelligent” design (all of which I agree with), I was struck by this passage from John Hedley Brooke’s Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives, which bears up precisely what Ed’s saying: Brooke devoted a chapter to Paley’s approach to natural theology,… Continue reading Brooke on Paley, Design, and all that…
Mike Flynn unrolls a veritable ‘greatest hits’ of St. Thomas Aquinas to commemorate his feast day: 1. Beware the man of one book. 2. It is better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. 3. By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in… Continue reading
Book NotesOut last month, and I happened to stumble on it at Borders: Herbert McCabe’s On Aquinas. McCabe died in 2001, and by all accounts was one of the most interesting modern interpreters of the man from Aquino. He was a Dominican, teaching at Fordham, and never published any books. His lectures survived, though, and… Continue reading