Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Whether St. Thomas Is Fittingly Called Boring

This is from a Dominican's blog, which automatically makes it more awesome. Not only that, but it's a Dominican who went to Notre Dame. Not only did he go to Notre Dame, but he seems to have graduated and not completely lost his faith in the process.

Yeah, I know that sounds bad, but the fact is that I knew way more people who abandoned Catholicism in their 4 years there than did otherwise.

But anyway, I thought this blog entry was phenomenal and deserved some props:

Whether Thomas Aquinas is fittingly called boring?

Objection 1: It would seem that Thomas Aquinas is fittingly called boring. The works of Thomas are composed of impersonal statements and arguments, which are boring. Now, every agent acts in accordance with its nature to produce something like unto itself (omne agens agit sibi simile). Just as nothing can effect heat unless it is hot, so too no one can produce boring writings, unless he is boring. Hence it is seen that since Thomas’ works are boring, Thomas is fittingly called boring.

Objection 2: Thomas Aquinas is well known to have been of considerable girth. A man possesses phlegmatic humor in proportion to his size. The more phlegmatic a man’s disposition, the more he is perceived as dull, wearisome, and uninteresting. Thus, as a result of his girth, Thomas is fittingly called boring.

Objection 3: Those who are always correct in all things are annoying. Those who are annoying are also boring. Thus, Thomas, who is typically correct on account of the soundness of his reasoning and the brilliance of his intellect, is fittingly called boring.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To be fair to ND, sometimes the opposite does happen. I came in as a nihilist and left as a practicing Roman Catholic.