I have a fondness for Thomas Aquinas though I admit I’ve not read as much of his writings as I would have liked. I’m not sure when it started but for as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed being challenged by his Summa Theologica. He is recognized by many as one of the finest theologians and philosophers in the history of the church. Peter Kreeft notes that “more doctoral dissertations have been written on St. Thomas than on any other philosopher or theologian who ever lived. Thomism was taught exclusively in all Catholic and some non-Catholic schools until the Silly Sixties, when everything older than thirty fell prey to the jaws of Woodstockism.” (Summa of the Summa, p. 19)
Even Norman Geisler, certainly no Catholic, says “I gladly confess that the highest compliment that could be paid to me as a Christian philosopher, apologist, and theologian is to call me ‘Thomistic.'” (Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal, p. 14. My reference is to the Baker edition.) Geisler notes that his esteem for Aquinas is not shared by many Evangelical thinkers. Among those Geisler notes are Francis Schaeffer, Cornelius Van Til, Gordon Clark, E. J. Carnell, Carl F. H. Henry, Arthur Holmes and Ronald Nash who show little regard at best or consider him with contempt at worst. Protestants who share Geisler’s admiration include John H. Gerstner, Stuart Hackett, R. C. Sproul and Arvin Vos.
Depending on where you land in this mix its funny to think Aquinas may have all been lost to us if some very patient scholars did not take the time to decipher his cryptic handwriting. Below is a sample of his writing. Even though it is in Latin I’m not sure I could make out even a letter. I’ve also included a clip from Father Barron who expresses his own admiration for Thomas and his writings.