He was a 13th century theologian that has had more affect on modern theology than any other you might name. He made the work of Aristotle available to the Christian faith in a way that no other theologian had ever tried. In his day, he was a radical on the edge of the conservative hierarchy. In our day, he is found firmly in the middle of Christian theology and worldview.
I started to read his works more readily when a guy named Hauerwas showed up at Duke while I was a student and would quote from the Summa Theologica frequently. At the time It was mind altering thought for a Methodist from South Alabama. Years later, I realize that I was being introduced to ancient-future wisdom.
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Scriptures for the Day:
Almighty God, you have enriched your Church with the singular learning and holiness of your servant Thomas Aquinas: Enlighten us more and more, we pray, by the disciplined thinking and teaching of Christian scholars, and deepen our devotion by the example of saintly lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.