Growing in Faith

Our dark times need 'fierce wisdom' of Aquinas

The universe exists for the sake of joy. So believed Thomas Aquinas, Dominican polymath and one of the Church's greatest theologians, according to US author and scholar the Revd Dr Matthew Fox. Dr Fox, a former Dominican and now Anglican priest who has spent a lifetime studying Aquinas and translating his works, speaks to Roland Ashby about his latest book The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times, what Aquinas would be saying in this time of crisis, and how we should be falling in love at least three times each day with the beauty of life.

By Roland Ashby

We’re in a “dark night of our species”, Matthew Fox says, and humanity is in urgent need of the spiritual wisdom that Thomas Aquinas offers: beauty and joy, justice and compassion.

“That title Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times I actually wrote before the pandemic hit, but I wrote it at the time that Australia was going through your tremendous wildfires last summer. So even without the pandemic we were in hard times. Climate change is making that real for everybody and it’s going to get worse, not better,” he tells TMA.

“So I think we have to buckle up and get strong and purify our intentions on this planet, decide what our real values are and what we want to pass on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren...

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Roland Ashby is the former editor of TMA and now edits the blog