G.K. Chesterton’s brilliant sketch of the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1933. Chesterton’s Aquinas is a man of mystery. Born into a noble Neapolitan family, Thomas chose the life of a mendicant friar. Lumbering and shy–his classmates dubbed him “the Dumb Ox”–he led a revolution in Christian thought. Possessed of the rarest brilliance, he found the highest truth in the humblest object. As Albert the Great, Thomas’s teacher, predicted, the Dumb Ox has belllowed down the ages to our own day. Paper.