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Review: The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, 7 CDs [The Modern Scholar Series]


The Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, 7 CDs [The Modern Scholar Series] by Peter Kreeft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The audiobook lecture series was a terrific introduction to the world and philosophy of theological giant, Thomas Aquinas.

Thomas is renowned for having reconciled the intellectual reasoning of the ancient philosophers, such as Aristotle and Plato, with the doctrine of Jesus Christ. He was so prolific at expounding on theological principles that the church ended up assigning several scribes to him so that he could philosophize verbally and allow them to record it for him––thus speeding up the process. In all, he made some one-hundred thousand pages of philosophical thought.

Four stars for such a great introduction!

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Review: The City of God

The City of God
The City of God by Augustine of Hippo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was totally worth the time it took to read it. Augustine’s understanding of the gospel and remarkable rhetorical skills make for a compelling breakdown of the fall of Paganism, the rise of Christianity, and the importance of gaining entrance into into the City of God by surrendering ourselves to God’s will.

I would heavily recommend reading it on audio first, because there are long sections of the book that, while germane anciently, are now completely irrelevant. The said sections concerned the political and philosophical questions of the fifth century and were difficult to endure. Reading it on audio enabled me to mentally ‘tune out’ until the narrator reached a more interesting subject. The sections would, however, be interesting subject matter to a serious student of history.

Many of Augustine’s insights were wholly new to me, such as his understanding of numerical symbolism. I’ll outline one example briefly:

‘God worked 6 days, then rested the 7th.
6 here represents completion of this mortal life. This is shown in that the fundamental base numbers of 1, 2, and 3, can be either multiplied together to reach the number 6 (1 X 2 X 3 = 6), or added together to also make 6 (1 + 2 + 3 = 6). Therefore, 6 is a number that is complete in this life.
7, then, is the transcendence of the number 6. Upon the finishing of this life, we then enter into the rest of the Lord (symbolized by the Sabbath Day), thus transcending at the completion of this life.’

He also explains the numbers 8 and 12, but in order to find out, you’ll have to read the book:)

Double five stars for Augustine’s theological understanding wisdom, and rhetorical mastery.

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Liz Carlston – Columbine Survivor

Liz Carlston came to my local church ward and spoke to us at a Monday night activity. Liz was a basketball student during the Columbine incident of 1999. Here are a few of her messages:

When tragedy affects us and people ask us to relate our experiences, we can choose to speak a message of love and healing.
In our desires to prevent tragedy to happen again, our aim can be to change people’s hearts, as opposed to placing laws and limitations on them.
The many miracles that happened that day, including the failure of the propane-bomb detonations and the help of a nearby Vietnam-veteran nurse, show that God always has a contingency plan.

On the way there and driving through streets covered in five inches of snow I got my car stuck, then had it towed out by a stranger, and then had to leave my car in a parking lot and walk the rest of the way. It was totally worth it.