Christmas Season Things:
1) The Mark Rylance production of Twelfth Night, playing at the Belasco in New York City, is out of this world.
2) I’ve been looking to get into Thomas Aquinas for awhile now and—thanks to the London Review of Books, might have a doorway.
Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait looks like a combination biography (though the details of Aquinas’ life are pretty scanty) and introduction to his thought. Most of the Aquinas readers I’ve found seem to have been designed for classes that were already steeped in the specifics of the man’s philosophy, so it is nice to have something that is more of an introduction.
I was also pleased to note that the author, Denys Turner, takes up an argument against Richard Dawkins’ knee-jerk materialism and makes something of a stand for the value of theology and philosophy as worthwhile endeavors. As quoted in the review, Turner says that “there is scarcely a proposition of Thomas’s theology that [he] is able to formulate accurately enough to succeed in accurately denying.” Ouch.