Book: Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait

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Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait

Denys Turner, the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology

(Yale University Press)

Highly visible as a public teacher, preacher, and theologian, Thomas Aquinas nevertheless has remained nearly invisible as man and saint. In this short portrait, Denys Turner brings Aquinas to life for contemporary readers — those unfamiliar with the saint as well as those well acquainted with his teachings.

Building on the best biographical scholarship available today as well as Aquinas’ own writings, Turner seeks the point at which “the man, the mind, and the soul of Thomas Aquinas intersect.” Reflecting upon Aquinas, a man of Christian Trinitarian faith yet one whose thought is grounded firmly in the body’s interaction with the material world, a thinker at once confident in the powers of human reason and a man of prayer, Turner provides a detailed human portrait of one of the most influential philosophers and theologians in all of Western thought.

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