Aquinas or Rand?

September 28th, 2012
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“Thomas Aquinas being the 13th century Catholic philosopher who brought reason to the Church’s otherwise irrational worldview” –

Terence Corcoran in the Financial Post, September 22nd

Those readers who feel afflicted by what might be called the “Life of Brian critique” of religion  – “Blessed are the cheese-makers”, etc. – are likely somewhat used to flippant dismissals of hundreds of years of theology. So it was when I read the throw-away line (above) in Terance Corcoran’s otherwise excellent piece on Ayn Rand. Without betraying my own scant knowledge of early Christian philosophy, it’s likely sufficient to mention names like Augustine of Hippo, Origen or Tertullian to underscore the fact that the Church’s view was not exactly “irrational” prior to Aquinas.

I’m not sure what Mr. Corcoran was thinking with that line, but one likely shouldn’t make too much of it. The article on Rand as bogeyman and/or inspiration in modern politics is well worth the read.

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