ON SOME PASSAGES FROM THE WORKS OF THOMAS AQUINAS BY DR. ROMAN BOOS
TO PART TWO
passages from the writings of Thomas Aquinas are not meant as
“evidence” or to “support” Dr.
Steiner5s addresses. The force that lives in the
spiritually and historically powerful argument of these
addresses makes external support superfluous.
These passages — with my comments — are meant only
as a kind of “environment.” I once spoke on the
subject “From Thomas Aquinas to Rudolf Steiner” in
a room at Cologne where mediaeval paintings and woodcarvings
were exhibited. I felt these works of Art were living helpers
and several listeners felt the same. Such a “contemporary
environment” can perhaps help some readers to feel more
strongly the objective trend of the three foregoing addresses
in all its importance.
then, why should one not set by the side of all the books on
Thomas Aquinas, learned and unlearned, thick and thin, on the
market to-day, which necessarily destroy the form of his
thoughts, a small selection of translations from the text,
which are meant to be at the same time less and more; examples
how the hand of Thomas Aquinas chiselled the stone of dead
logical thought into living speaking sculpture.
one is not content to marvel only at the results of Thomas'
thinking, but notices also how he had the power to take his
thoughts “in his hand” and form them like an
artist, only then does one see the immortality of this mind
shining through the transience of his works. And then every man
who is really conscious of the present time will recognize as
an innermost event in his spiritual life, the spiritually and
historically powerful motif — from Thomas Aquinas to
Rudolf Steiner — with which the three preceding addresses