Chesterton never meant his short introduction to Aquinas to be anything more
than “a popular sketch of a great historical character who ought to be more popular.”
However, many readers and even scholars of Aquinas have considered it life-changing.
Conversationally and sensitively, Chesterton lays out the core themes of Aquinas’ life
and thought. He highlights the Catholic philosopher’s affirmation of the goodness of
creation, his defense of common sense, and his deep value of reason and rationality.
These things, as Chesterton saw it, did not only characterize Aquinas’ work, but also
represented what the 20th century and beyond so desperately needed.