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« on: December 18, 2013, 07:56:57 PM »

Recently as a gift I was given a book on Thomistic Metaphysics by a friend (who is a RC priest).  Not wanting to be impolite I thanked him and accepted it.  I had no real plans of reading it, but since then he keeps asking me whether or not I liked it or thought it was interesting. 

My question is: Would it be dangerous to read it?  I know that the Orthodox Church rejects Thomas Aquinas's theology wholly, but this book is dealing with Thomistic philosophy only, not theology.  My personal fear is that I'll loose the "Orthodox mindset" I've slowly been acquiring by reading Orthodox books if I read this.  Thoughts?     
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 08:15:16 PM »

Recently as a gift I was given a book on Thomistic Metaphysics by a friend (who is a RC priest).  Not wanting to be impolite I thanked him and accepted it.  I had no real plans of reading it, but since then he keeps asking me whether or not I liked it or thought it was interesting.  

My question is: Would it be dangerous to read it?  I know that the Orthodox Church rejects Thomas Aquinas's theology wholly, but this book is dealing with Thomistic philosophy only, not theology.  My personal fear is that I'll loose the "Orthodox mindset" I've slowly been acquiring by reading Orthodox books if I read this.  Thoughts?    

My first advice is to forget all the stuff you read about "Orthodox mindset," "phronema," or similar concepts. The Orthodox tradition is a lot more complicated, pliable, and broad than that.

Re: Thomism is particular, there is an interesting thread about that (well, parts of it are interesting; much of it is rife with the usual tired cliches, starting from post #2):

The Byzantine Thomism of Gennadios Scholarios

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 08:36:26 PM »

You might also want to read Marcus Plested, Orthodox Readings of Aquinas. Firstthings has a review of the book in its May 2013 issue.
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